The Last American Man
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Finalist for the National Book Award 2002 Look out for Elizabeth Gilbert s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, on sale now! In 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. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • Riverhead Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0142002836
  • 9780142002834
  • 153,977

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"Wickedly well written . . . Without compromising her obvious admiration, Ms. Gilbert presents a warts-and-all portrait of Mr. Conway and a sophisticated understanding of why those warts are only natural. . . . A vigorous, engaging book."show more

About Elizabeth Gilbert

Look out for Elizabeth Gilbert s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, on sale now!Gilbert is the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofEat Pray Loveand several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. She began her career writing forHarper's Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times MagazineandGQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collectionPilgrimswas a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award;The Last American Manwas a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoirCommittedbecame an instant #1New York Timesbestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 byThe New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, andThe New Yorker. Gilbert s short fiction has appeared inEsquire, Story, One Story, and theParis Review."show more