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Walking Towards Walden

A Pilgrimage in Search of Place

Walking Towards Walden is an exploration of the sense of place, what it means, how it developed, and why it matters. Based on an eighteenth-century literary device in which a group of friends undertake a walking tour and discuss a certain subject, this wide-ranging story emerges from the author’s fifteen-mile bushwhack through woods, backyards, and marshes—from a hilltop in Westford, Massachusetts, to the town of Concord, Massachusetts—trespassing all along the way. A mock epic, complete with encounters with armed mercenaries and vicious dogs, the book covers all the aspects of place—art, literature, myth, and even music.

320 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition • Place • Pilgrimage • Prospect Hill • Vine Brook • Nonset Brook • Nashoba Brook • Nagog • Castle Rock • Spencer Brook Marsh • Thoreau Country • Estabrook • Mink Pond • Punkatasset • The Bridge • Shambhala • Epilogue

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