One of the most engaging, illuminating, and popular books of last year, Robert Moor’s beautiful, evocative On Trails: An Exploration (Simon & Schuster), is now in paperback. And he, whatever trail it is that gets him here, visits Elliott Bay this evening.
“Stunning … a wondrous nonfiction debut. … In each chapter, Moor explores the same phenomenon in a surprising new context, from the fossilized traces of prehistoric smudges to swaths of jungle flattened by elephants, from the paths of nomadic Native Americans to the interstates that paved them over. Along the way, Moor reaches into the history of science, religion, and philosophy to trace similar lines of refinement in the amassing of knowledge and ideas. … It’s an exhilarating journey.” —Departures.
“There are revelations at every turn here, from the nature of shepherding, to the vast network of ancient animal and Native American trails that underlie modern North America, to the very qualities of the best trails—durability, efficiency, and flexibility—and how we learn from them even as we move beyond them....[A] deeply informed study of nature and history of trailmaking.” —Booklist.
Among On Trails’ many international accolades is the close-to-home Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.