The Wander Society

The Wander Society

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From the internationally bestselling creator ofWreck This Journal...
verb \ wan-d r\
to walk/explore/amble in an unplanned or aimless way with a complete openness to the unknown
Several years ago when Keri Smith, bestselling author ofWreck This Journal, discovered cryptic handwritten notations in a worn copy of Walt Whitman sLeaves of Grass, her interest was piqued. Little did she know at the time that those simple markings would become the basis of a years-long, life-changing exploration into a mysterious group known only as The Wander Society, as well as the subject of this book.
Within these pages, you ll find the results of Smith s research: A guide to the Wander Society, a secretive group that holds up the act of wandering, or unplanned exploring, as a way of life. You ll learn about the group s mysterious origins, meet fellow wanderers through time, discover how wandering feeds the creative mind, and learn how to best practice the art of wandering, should you choose to accept the mission."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 135 x 185 x 20mm | 318g
  • United States
  • English
  • 2-color illustrations
  • 0143108360
  • 9780143108368
  • 380,151

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"Curious and bewitching, this book serves as an antidote to modern consumer culture." - BookPage

"Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves." - Believer magazine
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Praise for The Wander Society
Thanks to Smith's compilation of notes, observations, and musings, readers will have no difficulty incorporating these ideas into a daily routine [and] will have a fun time away from the hubbub of modern life. . . .The amusing and informative philosophy of a hidden culture that proposes that wandering is the key to a soulful life. Kirkus Reviews
Curious and bewitching, this book serves as an antidote to modern consumer culture. BookPage
If you are looking for a respite from a hectic, busy life and wish you had more time to think and explore the world around you, The Wander Society might just be able to help. . . . The philosophy is sound and inspiring, and the writing draws you in. You will find several helpful hints that will help you slow down the world around you just a little. Real StyleMagazine
The Wander Society truly is for everyone, and I have the feeling everyone can do with it what they want and as they please. . . .Any book that encourages a reader not only to interact with the physical item book but also with their surroundings in a playful and creative way while walking is a good book; of which too few are being published at the moment. It is good to know that the Wander Society is out there. ElsewhereJournal
While Smith gathers what she has discovered of the invisible Wander Society, the unanswerable questions of who and whybegin to lose their importance.Planted, instead, is the seed of an inspiring and creative way of life: one tied not to technology and societal norms, but rather married to the more romantic notions of morality, curiosity, and discovery. Literary Inklings
As someone who has been becoming more and more disenchanted with technology and how social media seems to rule everything around us, this book couldn't have come at a more perfect time. . . .The Wander Societyreally, really struck a chord with me and was exactly the encouragement I needed to get out and do more of what I really love. The Dainty Squid
Amazingly creative. . . .If you re a traveler like I am, this is a great gift to yourself (or another fellow traveler). Let it inspire you to let go of agendas on your next trip and just see where a path (beaten or unbeaten) will take you. Nancy D. Brown, What a Trip
The Wander Societyis inspiring and an act needed in our society today.It talks of slowing down, taking time, imagining, and living simply. Luxury Reading
Part philosophical memoir, part investigative journalism, The Wander Societyis a book unlike any I ve ever read. It packs a hearty punch and truly left me inspired to go out and do some wandering of my own! The Pretty Good Gatsby
The book is designed with an eye to portability. You can take it on your wanderings. . . .If you are inclined to or curious about wandering, I recommendThe Wander Society. The Local Ecologist
Different people will respond to different elements ofThe Wander Society. There are lists, there are diagrams, there are poems, there are assignments. They all encourage you towards a common goal: to let go, start wandering in your daily life, and see what happens. Reading Rambo
There is something mysterious and deeply powerful about the ideas in this book: it deals with the exploration of not just the environment and your community, but inner exploration: an exploration of your own imagination and unconscious. . . .a fascinating and exciting book. Cats and Chocolate
The Wander Societyhas both reaffirmed and changed the way I look at life. . . .Solvitur ambulando! Pretty Thoughtful
Full of great ideas and motivations to get outside and clear your head and discover. Folded Pages Distillery Praise for Keri Smith
Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves. TheBeliever
A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it. TIMEMagazine"
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About Keri Smith

Keri Smithis a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck This Journal, The Wander Society, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children."
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