A Field Guide to Getting Lost

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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With such acclaimed books as River of Shadowsand Wanderlust, activist and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit has emerged as one of the most original and penetrating writers at work today. Her brilliant new book, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, is about the stories we use to navigate our way through the world and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves or losing ourselves. Written as a series of autobiographical essays, it draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit’s own life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. While deeply personal, Solnit’s book is not just a memoir, since her own stories link up with everything from the captivity narratives of early American immigrants to endangered species to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting—not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery that only a writer of Solnit’s caliber and curiosity could produce, a book that will appeal not only to her growing legion of admirers but also to the readers of Anne Lamott, Diane Ackerman, and Annie Dillard.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.
ISBN: 9780670034215
Characteristics: 209 p. ;,22 cm.


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Oct 30, 2018

Each chapter of “The Blue of Distance” dispersed from and faded into a chapter of author’s personal story of family and friends.
I traced the space and time on her maps, liked most what I experienced, even when getting lost.

Oct 11, 2018

I found myself lost in many parts of this book, which is appropriate. At times the writing was awe inspiring, at other time meh. That said, I will probably return to this book to re-experience it. The first chapter especially. I look forward to diving into other works by her.

Jun 07, 2018

As with all of Solnit's books, a journey of the wanderer. Fellow wanderers will enjoy it. Solnit echoes Tolkein in that "not all who wander are lost". And, that sometimes, getting lost is the most important part of the journey.

May 20, 2017

Beautiful prose... Solnit's use of the English language is a treat, and allows the reader to visualize the places of the book, and the places in our lives.

emily8 Jan 29, 2013

in her beautiful insightful discovery of herself and her place in this landscape,we find our own place and are grateful. Truly, a book to better help you inhabit your life and your world. (christian wiman)

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