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In his late thirties, celebrated essayist, journalist, and author Bill McKibben — never much of an athlete — decided the time had come for him
to really test his body. Cross-country skiing his challenge of choice, he lived the fantasy of many amateur athletes and trained — with the help of
a coach/guru — nearly full-time, putting in hours and miles typical of an Olympic hopeful. For one vigorous year, which would culminate in a
series of grueling, long-distance races, McKibben experienced his body's rhythms and possibilities as never before.

But the year also brought tragedy to McKibben and his family as his father developed a life-threatening illness. Forcing a deeper exploration of both body and spirit, the arrival of this illness transforms McKibben's action-packed memoir into a moving account of two men coming to terms with the limits of the flesh.

The author of such impassioned and groundbreaking books as The End of Nature and The Age of Missing Information, Bill McKibben is re-nowned as an original thinker. Here, writing with his trademark honesty and insight, he once again creates a provocative and unconventional book, a fascinating portrait of a man in midlife pushing his body and soul to the breaking point — and learning some unexpected truths along the way.

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of "The End of Nature" and "Hundred-Dollar Holiday" presents a provocative, unconventional book. Approaching middle age and never much of an athlete, McKibben trains to be a world-class skier and learns some unexpected lessons about his body, and life.

Synopsis:

In his late thirties, celebrated essayist, journalist, and author Bill McKibben — never much of an athlete — decided the time had come for him
to really test his body. Cross-country skiing his challenge of choice, he lived the fantasy of many amateur athletes and trained — with the help of
a coach/guru — nearly full-time, putting in hours and miles typical of an Olympic hopeful. For one vigorous year, which would culminate in a
series of grueling, long-distance races, McKibben experienced his body's rhythms and possibilities as never before.

But the year also brought tragedy to McKibben and his family as his father developed a life-threatening illness. Forcing a deeper exploration of both body and spirit, the arrival of this illness transforms McKibben's action-packed memoir into a moving account of two men coming to terms with the limits of the flesh.

The author of such impassioned and groundbreaking books as The End of Nature and The Age of Missing Information, Bill McKibben is re-nowned as an original thinker. Here, writing with his trademark honesty and insight, he once again creates a provocative and unconventional book, a fascinating portrait of a man in midlife pushing his body and soul to the breaking point — and learning some unexpected truths along the way.

About the Author

Bill Mckibben is a former staff writer for The New Yorker whose work has also appeared in Outside, Rolling Stone, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other national publications. The author of six previous books, he lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684855974
Subtitle:
A Year of Living Strenuously
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Outdoor Skills
Subject:
Skiing - CrossCountry
Subject:
Cross-country ski racing.
Subject:
McKibben, Bill
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Series Volume:
239
Publication Date:
20001205
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.80x5.86x.72 in. .74 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Simon & Schuster Books - English 9780684855974 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of "The End of Nature" and "Hundred-Dollar Holiday" presents a provocative, unconventional book. Approaching middle age and never much of an athlete, McKibben trains to be a world-class skier and learns some unexpected lessons about his body, and life.
"Synopsis" by , In his late thirties, celebrated essayist, journalist, and author Bill McKibben — never much of an athlete — decided the time had come for him
to really test his body. Cross-country skiing his challenge of choice, he lived the fantasy of many amateur athletes and trained — with the help of
a coach/guru — nearly full-time, putting in hours and miles typical of an Olympic hopeful. For one vigorous year, which would culminate in a
series of grueling, long-distance races, McKibben experienced his body's rhythms and possibilities as never before.

But the year also brought tragedy to McKibben and his family as his father developed a life-threatening illness. Forcing a deeper exploration of both body and spirit, the arrival of this illness transforms McKibben's action-packed memoir into a moving account of two men coming to terms with the limits of the flesh.

The author of such impassioned and groundbreaking books as The End of Nature and The Age of Missing Information, Bill McKibben is re-nowned as an original thinker. Here, writing with his trademark honesty and insight, he once again creates a provocative and unconventional book, a fascinating portrait of a man in midlife pushing his body and soul to the breaking point — and learning some unexpected truths along the way.

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