A Field Guide to Getting Lost

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

by Rebecca Solnit


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A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of Men Explain Things To Me

Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in 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. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143037248
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 88,007
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism, including three atlases, of San Francisco in 2010, New Orleans in 2013, and New York in 2016; Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, The National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). She is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to The Guardian. She lives in San Francisco.

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Field Guide to Getting Lost 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
catwak More than 1 year ago
This book defies classification, being part memoir and part some evanescent other -- a reverie perhaps. I found some of the writing hauntingly beautiful, but at the same time I was put off by its grammatical irregularities, as if it had been dictated into a machine that didn't frown on pronouns without antecedents or know the difference between "its" and "it's." And although I was initially charmed by the concept of getting "lost," I became increasingly disturbed by what I can only characterize as the extended expression of the writer's aesthetic and intellectual elitism. At the end, I couldn't figure out whether to be dazzled or annoyed.
colinsky on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I really wanted to like this book based on its title alone, and perhaps that was what spoiled it for me. There was much discussion of space, most of it metaphorical rather than physical, but with lots of brave attempts to draw meandering lines between the two. In the end, it was the meandering that got to me. Like clang associations of schizophrenics, I got the feeling that she sometimes went from rabbithole to rabbithole just because of the layout of the terrain she found herself in rather than because of any particularly strong underlying theme. Yes, in life, we drift through space and time. It's unavoidable. She puts it in a pretty way, but I don't feel as though I've learned much. As so often, when I find a book that purports to connect to the things that interest me the most, my expectations become sky high and I'm almost always disappointed.
deliriumslibrarian on LibraryThing 9 days ago
A compassionate and evocative book about living now with the destructive history of then. Open to despair and yet alive with hope.
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Alokite More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Solnit's book provides many aspects of "lost" and the various implications for our lives. Things found and lost, memories forgotten and retrieved, knowing and not knowing are all presented with examples we can relate to in our own lives. Reading this book evokes emotion and memory that otherwise would remain lost and unexplored.
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agnesjames More than 1 year ago
Since I'm just ordering the book, it's a bit difficult to write a review. I am buying the book because I enjoyed reading Solnit in a recent New Yorker.