A Pedestrian Memoir
On Sale: June 1, 2009
Featuring: Lawrence Block
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From the revered New York Times
bestselling author comes a touching, insightful, and
humorous memoir of an unlikely racewalker and world traveler
Before Lawrence Block was the author
of bestselling novels featuring unforgettable characters
such as the hit man Keller, private investigator Matthew
Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, and time traveler Evan
Tanner, he was a walker.
As a child, he walked home
from school (mostly because he couldn't ride a bike). As a
college student, he walked until he was able to buy his
first car (a deep blue 1950 Chevrolet coupe named Pamela,
after the Samuel Richardson novel). As an adult, he ran
marathons until he discovered what would become a lifelong
obsession—never mind if some people didn't think it was a
By that time Block
had already spent plenty of time walking through the city of
New York. But racewalking ended up taking him all over the
country, from New Orleans to Anchorage, from marathons in
the punishing heat to marathons in the pouring rain. And
along the way, as he began to pen the books that would make
him a household name among suspense fans all over the world,
he found that in life, as in writing, you just need to take
one step after the other.
Through the lens of his
adventures while walking—in twenty-four-hour races, on a
pilgrimage through Spain, and just about everywhere you can
imagine—Lawrence Block shares his heartwarming personal
story about life's trials and tribulations, discomforts and
successes, which truly lets readers walk a mile in the
master of mystery's shoes.
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