All of the stories in this collection deal in one way or another with a desire line, which, urbanists say, are the paths that people take when they want to go somewhere. They frequently have no relation to the formal layout of roads and sidewalks. They sometimes lead to new places. And--very importantly--they are often maps of the heart.
The author of two books about urbanism (Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places and The Walkable City: From Haussmann's Boulevards to Jane Jacobs' Streets and Beyond.) Mary began thinking about literal and figurative desire lines when she noticed how they criss-cross Mile End's Champs des possibles. The stories grew from there.
In mid-November she'll return to non-fiction when she goes to Peru and Brazil to do research for her next non-fiction book, Road through Time. It's about the tracks that humans have made on the land since they stood up and walked.
Her web presence includes the blogs Recreating Eden, her nearly-daily register of observations on politics, urban affairs, and life and Not So Solitary a Pleasure: A Blog about Books.
Wednesday, November 6! 211 Bernard Ouest!