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The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Dec 03, 13

Read in May, 2011

I love this story.
I love people who dream an intense, crystal clear dream, and then arrange their lives to see it come true.
I love people who work hard.
I harbor a strange and conflicted love for old-fashioned living and values, and for primitive living. Gilbert describes the conflicts I feel so acutely. The wilderness life she descries combines backwards attitudes about gender and the impracticality and seeming irrelevance of it all with sublime moments, connection with nature, and the inner strength that comes from extreme physical discomfort.

I find the author and her subject utterly honest.

When I finish reading this book, I want to work a little harder to change the world. I want to hold fierce to my dreams. I believe in limitless potential again.
I love this story.

First read: 2010 January 29.
Second read: 2011 May 22.
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