Step By Step: A Pedestrian Memoir

Hardcover | May 19, 2009

byLawrence Block

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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.

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From the revered New York Times bestselling author comes a touching, insightful, and humorous memoir of an unlikely racewalker and world travelerBefore 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 t...

Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Wr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.21 inPublished:May 19, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Walking as a mental exercise When I first read the blurb on the flyleaf I thought this would be an okay book. A writer who is also a race walker, not bad, but as a runner I didn't know how well it would keep my attention. - As it turns out, I didn't need to worry. I was captivated. I lived and breathed every step of the way with Lawrence Block. Each of his training walk had me reflecting on my training routines and routes. I ached over his injured foot and considered the symptoms and his recovery. This is an everyday kinda guy. He's not some super athlete reflecting back on his past triumphs and just wanting to bask in our adulation. He's opened his closet and shown us that he has his own pitfalls, races he didn't finish, mis-calculations on nutritional needs, over confidences and under confidences. He's also shown that his race walking didn't happen in a vacuum, he still had to work/write and produce income so he could attend these events. Most of all, he still had to be a person and a husband. It's not just about the next race. - I loved reading about 'El Camino de Santiago', the 3 month pilgrimage across the north of Spain. Yes, it was a major physical challenge, but it was also a relationship challenge and a mental feat many of us might fear. Would the promise of a viewing the next days sunrise or that evenings sunset be enough to keep me going? - In my opinion, the ending of the book was perfect. This story was never about the number of medals or final placement, rather about Mr. Block walking for the sake of the walk. He enjoys walking. He's not the fastest, not the slowest, doesn't have the perfect technique, but he's got the drive to want or need to walk. That works for me. I'm not sure when I'll enter my next race, but when I do I will have Mr. Block walking along beside me(he walks faster than I run), at least mentally and we'll complete it together and have fun along the way. -
Date published: 2009-06-01

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“A superior storyteller. . . . Block has an awareness of the pain and pleasure of living. It is a gift not all authors have.”