The Last American Man
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The Last American Man

By (author) Elizabeth Gilbert

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Finalist for the National Book Award 2002In this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity, acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway. In 1977, at the age of seventeen, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. To Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel how our men should be, but rarely are.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • 01 Jun 2003
  • Riverhead Books
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0142002836
  • 9780142002834
  • 138,627

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Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, "Pilgrims"-a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares-and a novel, "Stern Men." A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for "GQ." Her journalism has been published in "Harper's Bazaar," "Spin," and "The New York Times Magazine," and her stories have appeared in "Esquire," "Story," and the "Paris Review."

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"A vivid, nuanced portrait of an endlessly complicated man."

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