Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #30

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Welcome to Day 16 of 24 Days of Shelves of Spines!

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

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ontrailsOn Trails by Robert Moor

Published on: July 12th, 2016

Goodreads | Amazon | BookDepository | Indigo

Synopsis (from Goodreads): In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? What makes us follow or strike off on our own?

Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing—combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.

Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic—the oft-overlooked trail—sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity’s relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life?

Moor has the essayist’s gift for making new connections, the adventurer’s love for paths untaken, and the philosopher’s knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew.

Beginning: Once, years ago, I left home looking for a grand adventure and spent five months staring at mud.

Page 56: The open-ended nature of science is either its greatest asset or its fatal weakness, depending on one’s outlook. Those of a skeptical cast of mind cite it’s mutability as proof that all scientific knowledge is ultimately shallow and illusory, while a believer in the scientific method finds comfort in the fact that it continually evolves to more tightly fit the contours of the universe’s dark terrain.

Thoughts: I received this book from Simon & Schuster Canada and haven’t got around to reading it yet but the page 56 snippet definitely has me intrigued to pick it up hopefully before the end of the year!

What do you think?

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