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About the Author: Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is an American author who often writes on the environment, politics, place, and art. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications in print and online, including the Guardian newspaper and Harper's Magazine, where she is the first woman to regularly write the Easy Chair column founded in 1851. She is also a regular contributor to the political blog TomDispatch and to LitHub.

Solnit has received two NEA fellowships for Literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan literary fellowship, and a 2004 Wired Rave Award for writing on the effects of technology on the arts and humanities. In 2010 Utne Reader magazine named Solnit as one of the "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World". Her The Faraway Nearby (2013) was nominated for a National Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

For River of Shadows, Solnit was honored with the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and the 2004 Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology, which honors exceptional scholarship that reaches beyond the academy toward a broad audience. Solnit was also awarded Harvard's Mark Lynton History Prize in 2004 for River of Shadows. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

She grew up in San Francisco and enrolled in an alternative schooling program and earned a GED instead of a high school diploma. At 19 she left for France, then returned to finish her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University. She then earned a master's in journalism from UC Berkeley in 1984.

She is credited with the concept behind the term "mansplaining."

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A History of Walking by

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Paperback, Published in Jun 2001 by Penguin Books (London)

ISBN10: 0140286012 | ISBN13: 9780140286014

Page count: 336

Profiling some of the most significant walkers in history & fiction, Solnit presents a delightful & brilliantly conceived meditation on the art of walking.
The Pace of Thoughts
Tracing a Headland: An Introduction
The Mind at Three Miles an Hour
Rising and Falling: The Theorists of Bipedalism
The Uphill Road to Grace: Some Pilgrimages
Labyrinths & Cadillacs: Walking into the Realm of the Symbolic
From the Garden to the Wild
The Path Out of the Garden
The Legs of William Wordsworth
A 1000 Miles of Conventional Sentiment: The Literature of Walking
Mount Obscurity & Mount Arrival
Of Walking Clubs & Land Wars
Lives of the Streets
The Solitary Stroller & the City
Paris, or Botanizing on the Asphalt
Citizens of the Streets: Parties, Processions & Revolutions
Walking After Midnight: Women, Sex & Public Space
Past the End of the Road
Aerobic Sisyphus & the Suburbanized Psyche
The Shape of a Walk
Las Vegas or the Longest Distance Between Two Points
Sources for Foot Quotations

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