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

  • Alexis
    Mar 06, 2018
    A little too philosophical for me- I guess I prefer a straight travelogue. ...
  • 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...
  • caroline
    Apr 07, 2018
    A great story of adventure and history! ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Alana
    Apr 13, 2018
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  • Andrea
    Apr 10, 2018
    An engaging description of Kate Harris' bike exploration of the Silk Road in Tibet, based on her literary influences. After exploring her passion for planet Mars at university, Harris decided to go on an epic bike trip. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bart
    Mar 15, 2018
    Kate Harris' new book is one of the finest bike-trip travelogues ever written ? but the wide-ranging reflections spurred by long hours on the road make her memoir a great read even for people with no interest in cycling. Full review at: https://anoutsidechance.com/2018/03/1... ...
  • 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! ...
  • Anjana sundar
    Mar 27, 2018
    https://superfluousreading.wordpress.... ...
  • 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...
  • Emvee
    Dec 13, 2017
    Land of Lost Borders by Kate Harris is a beautifully written tribute to the Silk Road. Her vivid descriptions add colour to the barren countryside she and her childhood friend travel through. Harris, a scientist and environmentalist who hates borders, brings the reader?s attention to...
  • AnnLouise
    Nov 21, 2017
    Loved this book and would highly recommend; adventure, comedy and educational all wrapped up in one delightful read. ...
  • Stephen Johns
    Mar 03, 2018
    Best book I?ve read in years. ...
  • 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...
  • Jrwest
    Apr 10, 2018
    This was an enjoyable autobiography/ bicycle travelogue and personal reflection on life. The book was very well written and never a struggle to read. It provided me with some of the history of the silk road early explorers and life in the Stans (Azerbaijan,Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,Tajiki...
  • 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. ...
  • Shelby Kassel
    Apr 16, 2018
    Woah. This was amazing. Kate's intrinsic need for adventure and wildness to match her own spoke to every part of me. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kevin ⛅
    Feb 01, 2018
    Enjoyed this book a lot. I'm a sucker for odysseys. While I don't think I would last for a year with Kate Harris, I was able to admire her from afar as she valiantly (and arguably foolishly, but she knows that) cycled her way across Asia. It is amazing to read about Canadians doing epi...
  • Marijean Harris
    Nov 02, 2017
    A wonderful read that transports you on a journey that is full of deep reflection, keen observation and enlightenment on the beauty, history and dangers of traveling by bicycle in this remote part of the world. ...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 09, 2018
    Great read; it takes you to beautiful places, reminds you the world is amazing, and inspires you to plan your own adventure. ...