Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2001 - Social Science - 336 pages
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A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of the memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence

Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.
 

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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

A terrific exploration of both the history of walking and how it affects our psychic as well as physical lives. I have already added several books she references to my to-read list. Read full review

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

In the first place, this is not a book that is a history of walking. She does cover the fascination of walking, the links between mind and body while walking. Additionally, she speaks about how our ... Read full review

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Parties Processions and Revolutions
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Women Sex and Public Space
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Aerobic Sisyphus and the Suburbanized Psyche
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The Shape of a Walk
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Las Vegas or the Longest Distance Between Two Points
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Notes
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FROM THE GARDEN TO THE WILD
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The Solitary Stroller and the City
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Rebecca Solnit is the author of numerous books, including Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

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