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Six walks : in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau / Ben Shattuck.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library 974 SHA (Text) 33500013593173 New Checked out 06/11/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781953534040
  • ISBN: 195353404X
  • Physical Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-277).
Summary, etc.:
"On an autumn morning in 1849, Henry David Thoreau stepped out his front door to walk the beaches of Cape Cod. Over a century and a half later, Ben Shattuck does the same. With little more than a loaf of bread, brick of cheese, and a notebook, Shattuck sets out to retrace Thoreau's path through the Cape's outer beaches, from the elbow to Provincetown's fingertip. This is the first of six journeys taken by Shattuck, each one inspired by a walk once taken by Henry David Thoreau. After the Cape, Shattuck goes up Mount Katahdin and Mount Wachusett, down the coastline of his hometown, and then through the Allagash. Along the way, Shattuck encounters unexpected characters, landscapes, and stories, seeing for himself the restorative effects that walking can have on a dampened spirit. Over years of following Thoreau, Shattuck finds himself uncovering new insights about family, love, friendship, and fatherhood, and understanding more deeply the lessons walking can offer through life's changing seasons. Intimate, entertaining, and beautifully crafted, Six Walks is a resounding tribute to the ways walking in nature can inspire us all." -- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    *Starred Review* Life is intense for Shattuck. Emotions run deep, his dreams are harrowing. An artist, curator, and writer, he is humbled and awed by nature, curious about people, and amusingly self-deprecating. He lives with admirable fluidity and creativity, even when confronted by a painful and alarming hand injury and the miseries of Lyme disease. It is grief over a failed relationship that propels him to trace the paths taken by Thoreau, whose passionately precise accounts of his epic walks and close observations are fundamental to American nature writing. With deep family roots in Massachusetts, Shattuck knows the New England terrain Thoreau so assiduously explored, but his expeditions tend to veer into precarious, often amusing predicaments requiring the kind intervention of strangers. As Shattuck chronicles the six ambitious walks he takes over the years in warmly confiding prose and expressive, richly textured drawings, he also recounts passages in Thoreau's life and quotes from his writings, notes how invaluable Thoreau's meticulous documentation of the living world is to scientists, and marks how dramatically human endeavors and climate change have altered the land since Thoreau took its measure. Shattuck's involving and poignant chronicle of immersions in nature, misadventures, family history, and a love story is shaped by his preternatural gift for discerning the essence of each moment and each place. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Shattuck, Ben, 1984- > Travel > New England.
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 > Influence.
New England > Description and travel.
Walking > New England.
New England.
Genre: Personal Narrative
Personal narratives.
Travel writing.
Travel writing.
Personal narratives.

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