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The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness


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San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of fifteen books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. They include Men Explain Things To Me, The Faraway Nearby; Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster; Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art; and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, for which she received a Guggenheim fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award. Solnit has worked with climate change, Native American land rights, antinuclear, human rights, and antiwar issues as an activist and journalist. She is a contributing editor to Harper's and a frequent contributor to the political site and has made her living as an independent writer since 1988.


"What to call a journalist who writes about place while avoiding the subjects of luxury hotels, remote restaurants and urbane oddities? Not a travel writer, surely. And not an adventurer. One could do worse than answer with 'Rebecca Solnit'." --The New York Times Book Review "Solnit's signature blend of history, science, justice, and the personal illustrates each location just as she finds it, with a sense of specificity, sensitivity, and empathy." --Elle "Insights that are acute and meaningful... [It] leads to a different, more layered understanding of the world around us." --Utne Reader "Thoughtful, eloquent and often inspiring essays." --Kirkus Reviews "The 29 essays that make up Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness are global in their reach, combining meditations on history, politics, science, art, literature, climate change and natural disasters, and take us from the snowy tundra of the Arctic to the carnival-filled streets of New Orleans." --The Daily Beast "One mesmerizing volume...these lyrical essays stress the importance of collective action and community." --Publishers Weekly "Refreshingly coherent, profoundly smart." --BBC News "Globally wide-ranging and topically urgent ... will surely solidify her reputation as one of our most independent and necessary freelance intellectuals." --Los Angeles Review of Books "An amazing potpourri...she brings a clarity to the messiness of ideas." --Minnesota Public Radio "One of our most provocative, thoughtful essayists." --Austin American-Statesman "A sublime collection of essays... a remarkable read." --Brain Pickings "Beautifully written and fiercely argued...showcases the work of an impressive intellect and a brilliant writer." --Shelf Awareness "Whatever the subject, let's just get out of the way and let the gifted woman write." --Foreword Reviews "One of the most magnificent writers of our time." --The Guardian "Solnit's essays showcase the range and power not only of nonfiction, but of words themselves." --The Rumpus "Interesting, insightful and always surprising." --Houston Chronicle "Lives up to the promise of its ambitious title." --KQED, San Francisco "Solnit's finely wrought essays probe lofty issues in ways that make them feel intensely personal." --O: The Oprah Magazine "Luminous and precise, Solnit persuades, educates, and inspires." --The Boston Globe "It's sort of an encyclopedia and sort of isn't. It's really an anthology disguised as an encyclopedia. But no matter what label you attach to it, the important thing to remember about this book is that it was written by Rebecca Solnit, one of the best nonfiction writers working today." --Chicago Tribune

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