Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road

Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road

In the spirit of The Places in Between and A Field Guide to Getting Lost, this is a transcendent memoir about travelling wildly out of bounds on the fabled Silk Road. "Carried me up into a state of excitement I haven't felt for years. It's a modern classic." ?Pico Iyer As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved?that of a generalist explorer, equal pa In the spirit of The Places in Between and A Field Guide to Getting Lost, this is a transcendent memoir about t...

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Title:Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road
Author:Kate Harris
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:0345816773
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    Mar 29, 2018
    The end of the road was always just out of sight. Cracked asphalt deepened into night beyond the reach of our headlamps, the thin beams swallowed by the blackness that receded before us no matter how fast we biked. Light was a kind of pavement thrown down in front of our wheels, and ...
  • Brenda
    Oct 03, 2017
    I won a copy of this book through the goodreads giveaway. The author, Kate Harris, has been named one of Canada's top 10 adventurers. She writes with plenty of wit which I think you need to possess when dealing with many of the hurdles that she and her friend Mel Yule encountered on...
  • Ilana
    Jul 14, 2018
    After 'breaking up with Mars', because long distance was not her 'thing', Kate Harris embarks on a long cycling journey longside the mythical 'Silk Road'. It is not her first time in the area, and her previous experiences included entering into the Tibet without any of the special perm...
  • Ron S
    Nov 02, 2017
    From small town Ontario, Kate Harris went on to study at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and earned science degrees from UNC and MIT. The passion driving her was space exploration but once she ended up in a lab she took off to explore the Silk Road by bicycle and reinvented herself as a na...
  • Krista
    Jul 07, 2018
    Beyond avenging my childhood ideals of explorers, and figuring out how to be one myself, I wanted to bike the Silk Road as a practical extension of my thesis at Oxford: to study how borders make and break what is wild in the world, from mountain ranges to people's minds, and how scien...
  • Lisa
    Nov 21, 2017
    I won an advanced copy of Lands of Lost Borders from the publisher and it arrived just as I got sick with the first bad cold of the winter. I was so excited to delve right in to this delicious read and escape my misery! This book is part memoir, part adventure travel guide, part histor...
  • Angel
    Apr 26, 2018
    Quite possibly my favourite travel memoir I've ever read - it almost feels offensive to even classify this as travel lit, because there is so much more to that. Kate is an incredible writer and she seamlessly weaves excerpts from prolific explorers, scientists, and writers, bits of his...
  • Geoffrey Kelley
    Apr 15, 2018
    Can you imagine cycling from Istanbul along the old Silk Road to Tibet, Nepal and finally northern India? I cannot, and that is why I enjoyed this book so much. Kate Harris and her brave friend Melissa Yule left Istanbul in January(!), struggled through snow, sleet and rain for the bet...
  • Bob Busk
    Jun 15, 2018
    Kate Harris is this amazing woman...bright, intelligent, adventuresome, fearless and insightful. The book chronicles her journey with her childhood best buddy across the length, width and height of the Silk Road. As I read I kept bookmarking pages when I found something I loved....my b...
  • Madeline
    Apr 29, 2018
    Reading can be such a wonderful conduit for 'travel'. Good literature transports its readers in time and space, widening perspectives and broadening horizons. Travel literature is the antithesis to 'travelling through reading'. People who write books (or even worse - blogs) on ...
  • Heather(Gibby)
    Jan 13, 2018
    I received an advance reader's copy fro a Goodreads giveaway. You can't hep but admire the determination of Ms. Harris and her companion Mel to complete the bicycle journey along the Silk Road. This journey took over a year in conditions varying from freezing to scorching temperatu...
  • Christine
    Nov 27, 2017
    This book was phenomenal. Filled with imagery that transports you across continents and historical knowledge that flings you through time, Harris' delightful ? if saddle sore ? journey through Asia's ancient Silk Road will make you swear to take your own trip. And swear off it on t...
  • Ann
    Nov 21, 2017
    Such an interesting, funny, informative book. I really enjoyed reading about the authors many journeys; such an exciting life! ...
  • Brooke
    Jul 08, 2018
    3.5 Stars. The journey that Kate Harris and her friend Melissa embarked on is nothing short of awe-inspiring. I can't even imagine biking that distance, through unknown countries with unknown languages. I applaud them for their determination, bravery, and desire to explore. Kate gre...
  • Wendy
    Dec 07, 2017
    In ?Lands of Lost Borders?which I won through Goodreads Giveaways Kate Harris combines travel, history and literature in her remembrance of a cycling adventure that took her along the fabled Silk Road. It begins with a young girl in an Ontario town who dreamt of exploration and dec...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Dec 26, 2017
    Kate Harris can flat-out write. This is an exceptionally beautifully-written book about discovery, both of oneself and of the world, and it is totally unforgettable. In some ways, it reminded me of a sort of an anti-WILD, where the journey is less a cure but more an acknowledgment of t...
  • Linda Haas
    Jun 19, 2018
    This book, which I won from Goodreads, is about two young women who decide to bike the Silk Road. Just the mention of the Silk Road intriguied me. I expected to go on a grand adventure and I was not disappointed. First of all, Kate Harris, the author, is an extremely well educated woma...
  • AnnLouise
    Nov 21, 2017
    Loved this book and would highly recommend; adventure, comedy and educational all wrapped up in one delightful read. ...
  • Suzette
    Jun 27, 2018
    Inspiring, fascinating and an affirmation that a life well lived (or a journey well traveled) is something worthwhile to write and read about. Part travelogue, part social and political commentary, part philosophy, it transports you with beautiful and graphic sentences into worlds unkn...
  • Rick Meier
    Nov 03, 2017
    ?Kate Harris packs more exuberant spirit, intrepid charm, wit, poetry and beauty into her every paragraph than most of us can manage in a lifetime. Whether writing of Pony Club or remotest Tibet, her longing for Mars or her days at Oxford, she braids heart, mind and spirit with a wid...
  • Lucy
    Dec 03, 2017
    After reading the 4-page prologue I wanted to cancel all of my plans and just keep on reading. After reading 10 more pages I wanted Kate Harris to be my new best friend. Kate and her friend Mel (Melissa) spent almost a year cycling along Marco Polo?s Silk Road from Istanbul to the Hi...
  • Leanne White
    Jan 16, 2018
    An engaging and entertaining read. ...
  • Susan
    Jun 28, 2018
    Kate and friend Mel set out on an epic journey which takes them across the famous silk road. Traveling from Turkey to Tibet with on a bicycle with a tent for shelter and a lot of courage and determination, Kate guides the reader along the journey with tales of previous explorers and in...
  • Ro
    Jul 08, 2018
    Kate Harris's novel "Lands of Lost Borders," is in part a: memoir, travelouge, lesson in history, and a lesson in philosophy. as Harris travels across the Silk Road by bike, she explores lands and concepts that we have romanticized, or perhaps exoticized is a better description. An...
  • Lynn Luu
    Nov 29, 2017
    I won this book in a giveaway. It's not the genre of book that I normally read (I like thrillers, mysteries and fantasy) but I was pleasantly surprised. It almost reads like fiction. Traveling the silk road, from Turkey to India, on a bike! That's just crazy! I love the stories of the ...
  • Ken
    Jun 10, 2018
    Kate Harris is to be applauded for her written work. Mel Yule is equally a formidable explorer and companion. I think they both are insane! What an adventure! I understand Kate's search for herself and the meaning of her life but I wonder what Mel Yule's motivation was. The book wa...
  • Cavak
    Jun 10, 2018
    Lands of Lost Borders has hints of Globetrekker and Human Planet mixed with a memoir of Harris's personal life. A traveler's perspective into central Asia, with some history lessons of her idols, and ancient and modern politics along the way. Bonus trivia about space travel was kinda n...
  • Pastel
    Jun 22, 2018
    I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. This is the story of two women who spend nearly a year biking what used to be the Silk Road, one of whom, narrator Kate, is biking away from childhood dreams of going to Mars, and towards the footsteps of a hero from a beloved book, Alexandra Da...
  • Kathryn
    Nov 06, 2017
    A gorgeous meditation on borders, travel, belonging, and wildness. Blending history and literature with adventure and reflection, Lands of Lost Borders is at once pensive and poetic, goofy and charming. ...
  • Wayne Merry
    Feb 04, 2018
    It would be hard to improve on the praise heaped on this book by such luminaries as Pico Iyer, Barry Lopez and Dave Roberts. Kate Harris takes you on an adventure which encompasses the excitement and hardships of biking over 17,000' passes, brutal weather, sneaking through Chinese bord...