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"Lyrical. . . . The author’s comedic talents are formidable and the characters he creates are hard to forget."
― The Wall Street Journal
"Resonant. . . . With its lovely illustrations and thoughtful insights about nature, love, and friendship, Six Walks celebrates taking time to see what really matters."
― The Christian Science Monitor
"Comforting. . . . it’s the sweetness in the sorrow that is captured in this writing, along with the natural world’s endless invitation to solace."
― The New York Times
"Shattuck’s main message is the primacy of love, for both the people around us and the world we inhabit."
― The New Yorker
"Part of the fun in Six Walks is how today’s reality―and Shattuck’s sense of humor―take over."
― The Boston Globe
"A poignant tribute to nature."
― Town & Country
"Brilliant. . . . A momentous landmark in time, reminding us of what might be lost in this world and what must be preserved."
― The Rumpus
"Humble and sincere. . . . he gleans new insight into masculinity, intimacy, climate change, and the politics of outdoor spaces. "
― Poets & Writers
"Moving. . . . Six Walks witnesses how, in every season, choosing to step into the natural world can lead to healing and peace."
― Chicago Review of Books
"A resplendent debut ...echoing Thoreau’s brilliant reflections with his own, Shattuck distills the healing power of nature into a narrative that’s a pure pleasure to wander through. Fans of Annie Dillard will find this mesmerizing." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Wistful and meditative, sparked by lovely prose.” — Kirkus Review
"A book of loss and redemption, fear and fragile hope. Six Walks is rich, evocative, and unexpectedly dangerous ― in that best of Thoreauvian ways." — National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Philbrick
“I think Thoreau would have liked this book, and that’s a high recommendation.” — Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“A gorgeous reminder that walking is the most radical form of locomotion nowadays.” — Nick Offerman
"Six Walks offers a moving meditation on nature and history — and what our precarious place between these two realms may be.” — Pulitzer Prize Finalist Hernan Diaz
“What a very beautiful book. Every page is a pleasure. Charming, insightful, and full of humanity, this gem reminded me how profound it can feel to simply walk the earth.”
– Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers
Longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award
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