Lands of Lost Bor­ders

The Week (US) - - 22 Arts - By Kate Har­ris (Dey Street, $25)

“From the open­ing para­graph, you know this one is go­ing to be good— very good,” said W. Scott Olsen in the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. Sev­eral years ago, Kate Har­ris and a friend cy­cled 6,200 miles of the old Silk Road, from Turkey into Nepal and China, and her ac­count “moves eas­ily be­tween nar­ra­tive and phi­los­o­phy,” and be­tween Silk Road ad­ven­tures and per­sonal back­story. “In ev­ery in­stance, the back­story is as com­pelling as the road,” and that’s say­ing some­thing.

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