ISBN-10: 1595347534
ISBN-13: 9781595347534
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publish Date: 11/03/2015
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 1.00" H

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness


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The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction including Men Explain Things To Me, brings the same dazzling writing to the essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness; hailed by the Los Angeles Times as globally wide-ranging and topically urgent and the Boston Globe as luminous and precise.. As the title suggests, the territory of Solnit’s concerns is vast, and in her signature alchemical style she combines commentary on history, justice, war and peace, and explorations of place, art, and community, all while writing with the lyricism of a poet to achieve incandescence and wisdom.

Gathered here are celebrated iconic essays along with little-known pieces that create a powerful survey of the world we live in, from the jungles of the Zapatistas in Mexico to the splendors of the Arctic. This rich collection tours places as diverse as Haiti and Iceland; movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring; an original take on the question of who did Henry David Thoreau’s laundry; and a searching look at what the hatred of country music really means.

Solnit moves nimbly from Orwell to Elvis, to contemporary urban gardening to 1970s California macramé and punk rock, and on to searing questions about the environment, freedom, family, class, work, and friendship. It’s no wonder she’s been compared in Bookforum to Susan Sontag and Annie Dillard and in the San Francisco Chronicle to Joan Didion.

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness proves Rebecca Solnit worthy of the accolades and honors she’s received. Rarely can a reader find such penetrating critiques of our time and its failures leavened with such generous heapings of hope. Solnit looks back to history and the progress of political movements to find an antidote to despair in what many feel as lost causes. In its encyclopedic reach and its generous compassion, Solnit’s collection charts a way through the thickets of our complex social and political worlds. Her essays are a beacon for readers looking for alternative ideas in these imperiled times.

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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'.–– New York Times Book Review

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.–– Oprah Magazine

Luminous and precise, Solnit persuades, educates, and inspires. –– 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

"Solnit has been compared to both Susan Sontag and Annie Dillard, though her writing is more lyrical and oblique than Sontag's and her engagement with nature more overtly political than Dillard's."– BookForum

"A book of surprises, astute thinking and worthwhile ideas."– Seattle Times

"Her writing takes wing . . . carrying us on a flight that crosses a landscape of sadness, of happiness, through consciousness, desire–what can only be described as a healing enlargement of one's soul–and toward beauty."– Mother Jones

"A remarkable piece of work."– San Antonio Express-News

"Probably the smartest person around in most rooms she enters."– Texas Public Radio

"Solnit has a formidable intellect, rapacious curiosity, and the writing chops to join together disparate subjects in sophisticated, entertaining arguments about modern society."– Powell's Books

"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

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ISBN-10: 1595347534
ISBN-13: 9781595347534
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publish Date: 11/03/2015
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 1.00" H
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