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The Wander Society
by Keri Smith


Overview - wan.der
"verb" \ wan-d r\
to walk/explore/amble in an unplanned or aimless way with a complete openness to the unknown
Several years ago when Keri Smith, bestselling author of"Wreck This Journal," discovered cryptic handwritten notations in a worn copy of Walt Whitman s"Leaves of Grass," her interest was piqued.
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Overview
wan.der
"verb" \ wan-d r\
to walk/explore/amble in an unplanned or aimless way with a complete openness to the unknown
Several years ago when Keri Smith, bestselling author of"Wreck This Journal," discovered cryptic handwritten notations in a worn copy of Walt Whitman s"Leaves of Grass," her interest was piqued. Little did she know at the time that those simple markings would become the basis of a years-long, life-changing exploration into a mysterious group known only as The Wander Society, as well as the subject of this book.
Within these pages, you ll find the results of Smith s research: A guide to the Wander Society, a secretive group that holds up the act of wandering, or unplanned exploring, as a way of life. You ll learn about the group s mysterious origins, meet fellow wanderers through time, discover how wandering feeds the creative mind, and learn how to best practice the art of wandering, should you choose to accept the mission."

From our buyer, Jordan Weinmann: In this latest release from the author of Wreck This Journal, Keri Smith invites readers to take the next step in their creative process by encouraging readers to put aside their screens and experience the world first hand by wandering.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143108368
  • ISBN-10: 0143108360
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 208


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Mothers of the world, it’s time to ramble freely with open eyes, ears and minds. Keri Smith, creator of the bestselling Wreck This Journal, is back with a new book that grew out of an encounter with an annotated copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and a mysterious, covert organization that “holds a belief in the intrinsic power of wandering as a way to transcend the problems of modern society, access a higher plane of consciousness, and participate in direct experiences of everyday life.” The Wander Society follows Smith’s attempt to gather Wander Society ephemera and articulate its tenets, thereby marking a trail for others to follow—er, wander. An artful assemblage of images and text introduces readers to a lineage of famous wanderers, and then instructs them in a “detective hunt of sorts.” Curious and bewitching, this book serves as an antidote to modern consumer culture and a gateway drug to the poetry of Whitman, the “Bard of Democracy” himself.

 

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