The Outrun

The Outrun

Book - 2017
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Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney s wildlife puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey toward recovery from addiction. The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind, and the moon to restore life and renew hope.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393608960
Branch Call Number: 616.861 Lipt
Characteristics: xiv, 280 pages ; 22 cm


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"There are plenty of addiction memoirs out there, but what makes this one exceptional is the setting, in Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands. The landscape is just as crucial to the book as any person, and Liptrot’s spare, beautiful prose brings this singular place vividly to life. If you loved... Read More »

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Nov 22, 2017

A wonderful, well written memoir with beautiful asides about living in the Orkney Islands. I will go there someday and think of Amy as I explore.

Jul 06, 2017

I initially picked this up not because of the subject matter but the setting -- addiction memoirs aren't generally my cup of tea, but it's set largely on the Orkney islands in Scotland, which I'll be visiting this summer, and I thought it might make for an interesting read. And 'interesting' doesn't really begin to cover it. This is extremely reminiscent of Helen MacDonald's "H is for Hawk" in that that book was equally about grief and hawks, in the same way that this book is equally about the Orkneys and alcoholism, but while MacDonald's book at times felt claustrophobic, so centered on her relationship with her hawk, holed up in her tiny house, this one felt wild and open and wide-ranging, much like the landscapes Liptrot describes. The writing is absolutely beautiful, and if you don't finish this book with an intense desire to drop everything and hop on a plane to Scotland, then I'll be quite surprised. The bits about addiction are good enough, but it is the meditation on the power of nature (and specifically the Orkneys) that makes this unforgettable.

Jun 21, 2017

A fascinating read in many different ways.

Jan 09, 2017

This is a book about addiction and the restorative power of nature. For anyone who has visited the spectacularly beautiful Orkney Islands, this book will be particularly enjoyable.


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