HorizonBook - 2019
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From pole to pole and across decades of lived experience, National Book Award-winning author Barry Lopez delivers his most far-ranging, yet personal, work to date. Horizon moves indelibly, immersively, through the author's travels to six regions of the world: from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica.
Along the way, Lopez probes the long history of humanity's thirst for exploration, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered Central Africa, an enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into isolationist Japan, and today's ecotourists in the tropics. And always, throughout his journeys to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.
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This new book by one of my favorite authors, his first in years, is a satisfyingly thick memoir that transports the reader around the world, close to home, back in time, and into an uncertain future (ours because of climate catastrophe, his because of illness). Joyous, tragic, honest, sublime, important. Barry Lopez, like a horizon, draws you curiously, hopefully, ever forward. (more)
Maybe it’s fitting that our collection of travel guidebooks are so far from the entrance. If you hope to explore the world, then navigating the stacks is a fair place to start. All you have to do to get there is head north from the Welcome Desk, pass everything else in the building, and just as exhaustion starts to set in, you know you’ve made it (a blood pressure machine is conveniently… (more)
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