Reading Guides, VOLUME 11

Rebecca Solnit – Introductory Reading Guide

June 24 marks the birthday of renowned American social critic Rebecca Solnit. 

In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.


Rebecca Solnit has been featured on our list of
10 Social Critics that Christians Should Read


We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)   The Faraway Nearby

“The Faraway Nearby shows how running away brings us back to ourselves, how the power of stories can destroy as well as heal. Her crafted prose is sometimes reminiscent of Annie Dillard—subtle word choices foreshadow later events, and her focus on the natural world makes the reader look more carefully, with a greater sense of wonder. Rebecca Solnit ends with a jar of bottled apricots, timeless and unopened on her table, years after her mother’s death. It’s a book about almost everything important, and it’s one of the most satisfying books I’ve read in the past decade. I can’t wait to read the whole thing again, to enter the solitude of that faraway nearby.”
– from our review by Denise Frame Harlan
 [ Read the full review ]


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Image Credit: From the cover of Rebecca Solnit’s book Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness [ Buy Now ]


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