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ISBN13: 9780670030866
ISBN10: 0670030864
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Awards

Finalist, 2002 National Book Award
Finalist, 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award

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In The Last American Man, acclaimed journalist and fiction writer Elizabeth Gilbert offers a fresh cultural examination of contemporary American male identity and the uniquely American desire to return to the wilderness.

Gilbert explores what pushed men to settle the frontier West in the nineteenth century and delves into the history of American utopian communities. But her primary focus is on the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of seventeen to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last twenty years he has lived off the land.

Conway's romantic character challenges all our assumptions about what it means to be a man today; he is a symbol of much that we feel our men should be, but rarely are. From his example, Gilbert delivers an intriguing exploration into the meaning of American manhood and-from the point of view of a woman-refracts masculine American identity in all its conflicting elements. Like Jon Krakauer's national bestseller Into the Wild, this book will find an enthusiastic audience among women, readers of American history, and those interested in nature and the wild.

Review:

"Gilbert has a jaunty, breathless style, and she paints a complicated portrait of American maleness that is as original as it is surprising." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gilbert, a top-notch journalist and fiction writer, braids keen and provocative observations about the American frontier, the myth of the mountain man, and the peculiar state of contemporary America with its 'profound alienation' from nature into her spirited and canny portrait." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

?Wickedly well-written... There are two parts to The Last American Man: Conway?s personal story, which is fascinating enough, and the way it entwines with the American preoccupation with robust, can-do masculinity.? James Gorman, The New York Times Book Review (Editors? Choice)

Review:

"Elizabeth Gilbert has done a marvelous job of profiling Eustace Conway — a modern-day Jim Bridger whose every hour roaming American is laden with mythological magic. The Last American Man is, in fact, the best book of New Journalism to appear since Tom Wolfe published The Right Stuff. A truly delightful, outrageous, unforgettable saga." Douglas Brinkley

Synopsis:

Acclaimed journalist and fiction writer Gilbert focuses on the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of 17 to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last 20 years he has lived off the land.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims-a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares-and a novel, Stern Men. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story, and the Paris Review.

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msbonifiedfaith, October 23, 2006 (view all comments by msbonifiedfaith)
HI, MY NAME IS FAITH DEBARDLEBEN IM FROM BIRMINGHAM,AL AND I ATTEND VESTAVIA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL.MY 11TH GTRADE TEACHER MR. COPELAND GAVE OUR CLASS THE ASSIGNMENT TO READ THE "LAM" AND IT WAS REALLY A GREAT BOOK. WE WENT DEEPER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. MR COPELAND IS NOT YOUR REGULAR TEACHER(THATS A GOOD THING!), BUT READING THIS BOOK GAVE ME AND OTHER CLASS MEMBERS A REAL GOOD INSIGHT ON HOW BEING DIFFERENT IS NOT A BAD THING.FROM WHAT I READ, EUSTACE WAS TRULY A INDEPENDANT MAN, I SEE HIM AS A SURVIOR. IT TOOK ALOT OF COURAGE FOR HIM TO MAKE THE ACCOMPLISHMENT HE DID. I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT ME "LIVING IN A BOX,DRIVING A BOX, USING A BOX TO TO WAKE ME UP IN THE MORNINGS" BUT I HAD BEEN TRYING TO STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX TO SEE WHAT ELSE NATURE CAN BLESS ME WITH AND SO I COULD BE MORE THANKFUL FOR THE THING GOD CREATED!! THANK U MR EUSTACE CONWAY...U INSPIRED ME:)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670030866
Author:
Gilbert, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
Naturalists/Gardeners
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Men's studies
Subject:
Simplicity
Subject:
Wilderness survival
Subject:
Outdoor life
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Men's Studies - General
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
102
Publication Date:
20020513
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
271 p.
Dimensions:
9.36x6.44x.98 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 271 p. pages Viking Books - English 9780670030866 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gilbert has a jaunty, breathless style, and she paints a complicated portrait of American maleness that is as original as it is surprising."
"Review" by , "Gilbert, a top-notch journalist and fiction writer, braids keen and provocative observations about the American frontier, the myth of the mountain man, and the peculiar state of contemporary America with its 'profound alienation' from nature into her spirited and canny portrait."
"Review" by , ?Wickedly well-written... There are two parts to The Last American Man: Conway?s personal story, which is fascinating enough, and the way it entwines with the American preoccupation with robust, can-do masculinity.?
"Review" by , "Elizabeth Gilbert has done a marvelous job of profiling Eustace Conway — a modern-day Jim Bridger whose every hour roaming American is laden with mythological magic. The Last American Man is, in fact, the best book of New Journalism to appear since Tom Wolfe published The Right Stuff. A truly delightful, outrageous, unforgettable saga."
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed journalist and fiction writer Gilbert focuses on the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of 17 to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last 20 years he has lived off the land.
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