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‘Far and Away,’ by Andrew Solomon

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change. New York: Scribner, April 2016.

by Kevin Canfield

This is an improbably well-timed collection… Arriving at a moment when the ideological and political gaps between us can seem insurmountable, Solomon’s imperfect yet deeply humane book cuts against the grain, urging readers to exit their comfort zones and engage with new people and unfamiliar points of view. His message is at once idealistic and pragmatic: “Circling the wagons is not only impossible in a globalized world, but finally perilous.”

…There’s a democratic spirit that binds the best of these chapters, and, in the aggregate, Solomon’s reporting from far-flung places is surprisingly powerful, a bighearted response to a divisive era.

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