In the tradition of A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit returns with a lyrical, book-length collection of essay-stories that explores the way we tell each other’s stories to shape our various selves—as creators and artists of our lived and imagined consciousnesses.— Vernon
Rebecca Solnit’s writing is so effortlessly loose and lovely that she could make one want to read about almost any subject. This book, a meditation on the way stories can tangle together, offers up reflections on her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, Iceland, and Frankenstein. But the real meaning can be found in the way Solnit gracefully connects all these seemingly disparate entities.— Blair
This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved A Field Guide for Getting Lost.
In this exquisitely written new audiobook by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories--of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness--Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.