You didn’t think I was done, did you? There’s more. In addition to the categories I’ve covered last week, here are some more reading trends to share with you.
The Travelling Writer
Travel literature is a mainstay on the Urchin Movement. (See what I did there?) Great travellers are one thing, but having the ability to articulate those experiences, from the meaningful to the mundane, is even more inspiring and a true pleasure to read. In addition to Steinbeck and the infinite wisdom of Bill Bryson, here are a few more books with which I’ve gotten lost.
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Paris France by Gertrude Stein
The Flaneur by Edmund White
Satori in Paris by Jack Kerouac
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
The Lost Art of Walking by Geoff Nicholson
The Current Queen of Nonfiction
Don’t hold that claim against me. I haven’t read all the books, so what do I know? All I do know is that Rebecca Solnit is utterly fantastic. She has authored many books over an already long career, but I’ve only discovered her this past year. It started with River of Shadows, her unconventional biography of the innovative photographer and proto-filmmaker Eadweard Muybridge. Solnit writes his life like a Western tall tale, all while having him share the stage with his historical context, the morphing Wild West. Legitimately hooked on her style, I moved on to A Field Guide to Getting Lost, a collection of thematically-linked-yet-altogether-tangential essays, and I haven’t been back since.
And It’s Only Fitting I Conclude with…
Bill Bryson. Sarah introduced me to the wonderful world of Bryson in 2010. I went off the handle a wee bit, reading four of his books in that year. This year I kept the trend going, reading three more, including A Walk in the Woods, his hilarious and thoughtful account of attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail.