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A Field Guide to Getting Lost Paperback – June 27, 2006
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"This indespensable California writer's most personal book yet, alive as ever to the subtle nuances of the natural world, but newly responsive to the promptings of her own heart and history."
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"This meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting lost is . . . a series of peregrinations, leading the reader to unexpected vistas."
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"An ode to losing yourself and finding out what's on the other side of familiarity. For Ms. Solnit . . . getting lost is more than a matter of merely physical circumstances. It's a state of mind to be embraced and explored, a gateway to discovering more about yourself in relation to the rest of the world."
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"A meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting lost"
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We all know that writing is a form of art and I love this book because Rebecca Solnit takes the art of writing to another level to the point where her readers actually DO GET LOST in her work. I honestly did not read this book from start to finish because I believed there was no need to. After the first few chapters I was fully satisfied and struck deeply by her words. This book is not coherent and it is fragmented with stories and I think that is a depiction of what life is like. There is no linear passageway and sometimes our lives walk amongst crooked paths before they can become straight again and I feel that her writing style mimics that idea.
Just buy the book and stop reading it when you feel lost. It'll be worth the journey.