The Faraway Nearby

The Faraway Nearby

By Rebecca Solnit

  • Release Date: 2013-06-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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From the author of Men Explain Things to Me, a personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy – a fitting companion to Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

In this exquisitely written new book 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Solnit nails it again

    By Slmillerindia
    Solnit has again written a book that encompasses the personal, the political, geographic, literary, cultural and historical. Drawing from her own complex relationship with her mother who is disappearing into dementia and her personal health challenges, she moves the reader into the world of myths and legends and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of our world. Her writing is lyrical. More than once I stopped to read again a paragraph or sentence because it was so exquisitely framed and so poetically rendered.