In this investigation into loss, losing and being lost, Rebecca Solnit explores the challenges of living with uncertainty. A Field Guide to Getting Lost takes in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting.
Beautifully written, this book combines memoir, history and philosophy, shedding glittering new light on the way we live now.
Wonderful - The Times
Brilliant . . . Go on. Start walking. Get lost. Who knows what you'll find - Guardian
Rebecca Solnit is unquestionably one of the finest non-fiction writers of her generation. Possessed of eloquence and erudition in equal measure, her books have a wonderful capacity to lead the reader on unexpected and intriguing journeys ... As with Solnit's previous books, there is an emotional, even a polemical dimension to these ideas. It is a rare writer who can write so excitingly with both heart and head - Scotsman
Like Simon Schama, Solnit is a cultural historian in the desert-mystic mode, trailing ideas like swarms of butterflies - Harper’s Magazine
Fascinating, inspiring and beautifully written -- George Monbiot
Flawless scintillating prose, writing it is impossible not to admire - Financial Times
The book itself is a kind of wandering, and it is hard to say where we get to, but there are good things along the way. - Sunday Times
Radical, humane, witty, sometimes wonderfully dandyish, at other times, impassioned and serious -- Alain de Botton
Solnit's revelatory modern classic exploring philosophy, history, art and metaphysics
About the Author
Rebecca Solnit has written eighteen acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Hope in the Dark, Wanderlust, The Faraway Nearby, and Men Explain Things to Me. An activist, columnist and cultural historian, she has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lannan Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco.