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Rebecca Solnit, a thoughtful writer and spirited walker, takes her readers on a leisurely journey through the prehistory, history, and natural history of bipedal motion. Walking, she observes, affords its practitioners an immediate reward--the ability to observe the world at a relaxed gait, one that allows us to take in sights, sounds, and smells that we might otherwise pass by. It provides a vehicle for much-needed solitude and private thought. For the health-minded, walking affords a low-impact and usually pleasant way of shedding a few pounds and stretching a few muscles. It is an essential part of the human adventure--and one that has, until now, been too little documented.
Written in a time when landscapes and cities alike are designed to accommodate automobiles and not pedestrians, Solnit's extraordinary book is an enticement to lace up shoes and set out on an aimless, meditative stroll of one's own. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loved this so much. Felt like I was reading some wonderful sacred text, beautifully written.Published 1 month ago by Naomi Walker
This is one of the best books on the relations between the body, space, and art I have read. The prose is beautiful, and the connections she draws between histories and geographies... Read morePublished 3 months ago by specialkdw
Excellent a deeply and interesting relation between a sport and a way of life.Published 4 months ago by Paola V. Faãndez Garcãa
A well-researched account of the value and history of walking, wandering, and urbanism. It is a great introduction to many influential people and events which have shaped our... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Nixon
A fascinating tour through space and time, with side trips into science, gardening, political activism, and mountaineering. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Ryders
I liked it, but it was much too scholarly without her usual spirit.Published 4 months ago by Cynthia Blachly