Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir

Lawrence Block, Author William Morrow & Company $24.99 (365p) ISBN 978-0-06-172181-6
Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Block has been writing for more than 50 years and walking slightly longer, according to this memoir notable for frequent flashes of the author's keen wit. In the introduction, he accurately and honestly advises the reader that the book is as ""every bit as self-indulgent as it wanted to be."" Block goes on to provide lengthy details of his various forms of ambulation, from long solo walks as a seventh grader to a walk across Spain to Santiago de Campostela. Mostly he recounts his experiences as a runner and a racewalker in races ranging from 5Ks to marathons and 24-hour races. Runners or walkers will enjoy Block's accounts of his trials and triumphs, including a strange hiatus of more than 22 years. (Block was in his 40s when he stopped racing and in his 60s when he resumed walking marathons.) Mystery fans, unless they're Block completists or running enthusiasts themselves, may want to take a pass.
Reviewed on: 06/01/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
Show other formats
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 384 pages - 978-0-06-187719-3
Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-06-187715-5
Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-06-187720-9
Paperback - 517 pages - 978-0-06-177471-3
Open Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-06-187713-1
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-06-172182-3
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.