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The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of a City

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Publisher Comments:

Imagine a grunge north Jersey version of John McPhee's classic The Pine Barrens and you'll get some idea of the idiosyncratic, fact-filled, and highly original work that is Robert Sullivan's The Meadowlands. Just five miles west of New York City, this vilified, half-developed, half-untamed, much dumped-on, and sometimes odiferous tract of swampland is home to rare birds and missing bodies, tranquil marshes and a major sports arena, burning garbage dumps and corporate headquarters, the remains of the original Penn Station — and maybe, just maybe, of the late Jimmy Hoffa. Robert Sullivan proves himself to be this fragile yet amazingly resilient region's perfect expolorer, historian, archaeologist, and comic bard.

Review:

"Provocative, audacious...by looking observantly, without trite moralizing, at the natural world...this book suggest a challenging new model for how we ought to pay attention." Robert Pinsky, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"It's full of odd, compelling stories and is often hilarious. In short, it's a delight." Men's Journal

Review:

"A different kind of search for the diverting sublime... what a tremendous feat of the imagination! To celebrate the natural (and unnatural) beauties of a wasteland!" San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A fine, intrepid work of reporting that finds revelations...in a stubbornly wild marshland in the middle of the megalopolis. The Meadowlands is funny, interesting, surprising, and bizarre." Ian Frazier

Review:

"Does for the Meadowlands, where creeks can be the color of antifreeze, what Thoreau did for Walden Pond." USA Today

Review:

"The 20th century has done its worst by the Meadowlands, but as Sullivan superbly demonstrates, there is life in the old landscape yet, a friskiness that shakes off into the clayey muck the hellspawn of progress." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Imagine a grunge nort Jersey version of John McPhee's classic The Pine Barrens and you'll get some idea of the idiosyncratic, fact-filled, and highly original work that is Robert Sullivan's The Meadowlands.  Just five miles west of New York City, this vilified, half-developed, half-untamed, much dumped-on, and sometimes odiferous tract of swampland is home to rare birds and missing bodies, tranquil marshes and a major sports arena, burning garbage dumps and corporate headquarters, the remains of the original Penn Station--and maybe, just ,maybe, of the late Jimmy Hoffa.  Robert Sullivan proves himself to be this fragile yet amazingly resilient region's perfect expolorer, historian, archaeologist, and comic bard.

About the Author

Robert Sullivan has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Outside, Condé Nast Traveler, and Vogue, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385495080
Author:
Sullivan, Robert
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Sullivan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
North America
Subject:
United States - Mid Atlantic - New Jersey
Subject:
Hackensack Meadowlands (N.J.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Hackensack Meadowlands
Subject:
Sullivan, Robert
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
New jersey
Subject:
Hackensack Meadowlands (N.J.)
Subject:
Sullivan, Robert - Travel - New Jersey -
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.01x5.21x.62 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385495080 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Provocative, audacious...by looking observantly, without trite moralizing, at the natural world...this book suggest a challenging new model for how we ought to pay attention."
"Review" by , "It's full of odd, compelling stories and is often hilarious. In short, it's a delight."
"Review" by , "A different kind of search for the diverting sublime... what a tremendous feat of the imagination! To celebrate the natural (and unnatural) beauties of a wasteland!"
"Review" by , "A fine, intrepid work of reporting that finds revelations...in a stubbornly wild marshland in the middle of the megalopolis. The Meadowlands is funny, interesting, surprising, and bizarre."
"Review" by , "Does for the Meadowlands, where creeks can be the color of antifreeze, what Thoreau did for Walden Pond."
"Review" by , "The 20th century has done its worst by the Meadowlands, but as Sullivan superbly demonstrates, there is life in the old landscape yet, a friskiness that shakes off into the clayey muck the hellspawn of progress."
"Synopsis" by , Imagine a grunge nort Jersey version of John McPhee's classic The Pine Barrens and you'll get some idea of the idiosyncratic, fact-filled, and highly original work that is Robert Sullivan's The Meadowlands.  Just five miles west of New York City, this vilified, half-developed, half-untamed, much dumped-on, and sometimes odiferous tract of swampland is home to rare birds and missing bodies, tranquil marshes and a major sports arena, burning garbage dumps and corporate headquarters, the remains of the original Penn Station--and maybe, just ,maybe, of the late Jimmy Hoffa.  Robert Sullivan proves himself to be this fragile yet amazingly resilient region's perfect expolorer, historian, archaeologist, and comic bard.
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