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Lands of Lost Borders

A Journey on the Silk Road

by Kate Harris

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    Aug 2018, 320 pages

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In this riveting, contemplative trans-national journey, Kate Harris recounts her adventures and trenchant observations gleaned while biking the Silk Road.

Powered by imagination, grit, a bicycle, and the companionship of her best friend Mel, Kate Harris ventured twice—once in 2006 and again in 2011—to travel parts of the Silk Road (a network of ancient routes linking China, Central Asia, and Europe). More than a travelogue, this substantial narrative detours into myriad topics that spark the author's intellectual curiosity: ecosystems, borders, history, the notion of exploration itself. An Oxford-educated Canadian with a love for ideas, poetry, and adventure, Kate writes with lyrical intensity—so much so that I've underlined a quotable passage from just about every page.

In high school, Kate dreamed of becoming an astronaut. "There seemed few outlets left for the restlessness that ached inside me, this mad longing for a world without maps," she explains. She was inspired by early female adventurers Fanny Bullock...

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