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ISBN: 9781603585903
Year Added to Catalog: 2014
Book Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of Pages: 328
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Web Product ID: 833

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Slowspoke

A Unicyclist's Guide to America

by Mark Schimmoeller

Foreword by Janisse Ray

Praise

"This is just the kind of epic we need right now—humble, sweet, and very deep indeed. As good a travel story—within and without—as you'll read anytime soon!"

Bill McKibben, author of New York Times bestseller Eaarth


"In the quest for growth, we have come to undermine the very meaning of life. Someone needs to point a new way. People like Mark Schimmoeller do that for us. Slowspoke: A Unicyclist's Guide to America is as wise as it is entertaining."

Colin Beavan, author, No Impact Man


"The book will remind readers of other homesteading narratives, such as Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle... In some ways, it also transcends personal history, like a modern-day Pilgrim's Progress: one man, alone on a road, seeking redemption and ultimately finding it. Not just for unicyclists, Schimmoeller's memoir is beautifully written and often funny; a real find."

Kirkus Reviews


"This is a beautiful book, lushly written and elegantly rendered. In these pages, lines, and gorgeous human moments, we are transported to what the future must include."

Nikky Finney, author, Head Off & Split, 2011 National Book Award winner


"Mark Schimmoeller's Slowspoke captures the multi-faceted culture and spirit of America in the early twenty-first century the way Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance revealed us to ourselves forty years ago. Schimmoeller has a gentle, honest, insightful voice, a Thoreauvian vision, and a gift for bringing to life the dozens of individualists he meets along his way, both on and off the grid. Slowspoke offers us a unique and hopeful look at who we really are and who we still have the potential to become. This is an important book: moving, deeply personal, and all kinds of fun to read."

Howard Frank Mosher, author of The Great Northern Express, Walking to Gatlinburg, and On Kingdom Mountain


"Sumptuous language and a disarming gentleness propel this profoundly simple, funny, and sincere memoir. Growing up as the child of idealistic homesteaders in Kentucky imbued Schimmoeller with a deep appreciation for nature and off-the-grid living, while leaving him feeling disconnected from the modern world. After graduating from college and finishing an unsatisfying internship at The Nation, Schimmoeller embarked on a solo journey across America on a unicycle. The author's story of finding a way to live in the world on his own terms is told simultaneously with that of his attempts to save old-growth forest adjacent to his homestead in Kentucky. 'It doesn't make a difference one way or the other if I take a break,' he tells a stranger who questions the intensely slow pace of his mode of transport—an explanation that speaks to the author's quest to find respite in a troubled world."

Publishers Weekly, starred review



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