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On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

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by Alexandra Horowitz

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From the author of the #1 New York Times mega-bestseller Inside of a Dog comes an equally smart, delightful, and startling exploration of how we perceive our surroundings.

You are missing at least eighty percent of what is happening around you right now. You are missing what is happening in your body, in the distance, and right in front of you.

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On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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readerJH More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. First, I expected the same walk through many different eyes. This is not the case. These are different walks around the city with various partners. It doesn't quite work as well. Also, the author is far too romantic for my taste. Finally, the quality from chapter to chapter varies greatly. I found the second chapter, in which the author walks with her toddler son, to be quite pointless. This chapter does nothing but make the case for how extremely inattentive the author is and how incredibly oblivious she is to the world around her. I doubt there are many who have lived in a neighborhood as long as she has and is surprised by as much as she is. Perhaps I'm overly attentive to my neighborhood, but I know how many streetlights there are on my block; the circles the leaves make when they drop from the trees each autumn; the slight ups and downs of the sidewalk and how they changed when the city took out a couple of old trees and reconstructed the pavement.