"Dear Reader, About two years ago, I was browsing in a favorite dusty old bookshop, one that I frequent when I am in need of a random book find. On this particular day I found myself in the poetry section and picked up a worn hardback copy of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. As I began to flip through the pages, I noticed some handwriting in the book. On the inside cover was written "WW will show you the way." On the title page was scribbled "Solvitur ambulando," and underneath that, "The Wander Society" with a small thunderbolt symbol. Fanning through the pages, I found some underlined passages and several more interesting-looking symbols in the margins. After seeing this I found myself a bit winded and excited. It seemed that this particular volume had its own mystery embedded in its pages. What was the Wander Society? What did the random phrase mean? I wanted to find out more." -- The Wander Society by Keri Smith This book is an odd one. I can admit this even though I love it. The Wander Society is kind of a nonfiction book on philosophy that's kind of framed by a fictional narrative. Kind of. The philosophy this book recommends is to focus on physically and mentally wandering, nature, literature, poetry, and mindfulness, rather than consumption, fame, and money. At the same time, this book is a very fun story about the book's narrator trying to discover who and what this Wander Society is. Again, I fully admit this is an odd book, and I don't know if anyone else here will be interested in it. But I'd recommend this book to those who previously read any transcendental authors, such as Thoreau, Emerson, and Muir, and thought that they could maybe do with a bit of an update to more reflect the modern world. This would also appeal to those who enjoy nature writing in general and those who lean a bit countercultural when it comes to fame, constant productivity, and obsession with money, beyond what is needed to live comfortably.

Posted by thewintersings at 2023-04-17 16:04:21 UTC