Step by Step
A Pedestrian MemoirBook - 2009
The author shares his experiences as an avid if relatively non-athletic race walker and world traveler, describing how his efforts in races throughout the world have been tempered by his encroaching age and other personal challenges.
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 col-lege 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 real sport—racewalking.
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.
Block, an award-winning mystery author, tells the story of his life's trials and tribulations through the lens of his adventures in racewalking, walking for transportation, and walking during his travels, allowing the reader to literally walk a mile in his shoes. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The best-selling author of such works as Hit and Run and Hit Parade shares his experiences as an avid if relatively non-athletic race walker and world traveler, describing how his efforts in races throughout the world have been tempered by his encroaching age and other personal challenges. 20,000 first printing.