A Field Guide to Getting Lostby Rebecca Solnit
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/i>/b>/i>
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.
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Los Angeles Times
"An altogether sublime collection. . . she sees in the act of embracing the unknown a gateway to self-transcendence."
Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org
"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."
San Fransisco Chronicle
"This meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting lost is . . . a series of peregrinations, leading the reader to unexpected vistas."
The New Yorker
"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."
The Dallas Morning News
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Meet 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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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.
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.
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.