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The Perfect Vehicle - by Melissa Holbrook Pierson (Paperback)

About this item


Number of Pages: 240

Genre: Transportation

Sub-Genre: Motorcycles

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Language: English

Street Date: May 17, 1998
TCIN: 77474515
UPC: 9780393318098
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-5840
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

"This book, a polished, winding meditation on the theory and fractiousness of motorcycles, celebrates both their eccentric history and the wary pleasures of touring".--"The New Yorker". A selection from this book appeared in "Harper's". Photos.

Book Synopsis

In a book that is a must for anyone who has loved a motorcycle (Oliver Sacks), Melissa Pierson captures in vivid, writerly prose the mysterious attractions of motorcycling. She sifts through myth and hyperbole: misrepresentations about danger, about the type of people who ride and why they do so. The Perfect Vehicle is not a mere recitation of facts, nor is it a polemic or apologia. Its vivid historical accounts-the beginnings of the machine, the often hidden tradition of women who ride, the tale of the defiant ones who taunt death on the racetrack-are intertwined with Pierson's own story, which, in itself, shows that although you may think you know what kind of person rides a motorcycle, you probably don't.

Review Quotes

The Perfect Vehicle uses motorcycles as a lens for examining risk, freedom, and most surprisingly, relationships between men and women. . . . Pierson comes through brilliantly, crafting her sentences with precision and a sure ear.--Ann Marlowe "Village Voice"

As Pierson tells us why she loves riding, many who share her passion will often feel themselves nodding, saying, 'Yeah, she caught it.'--Andy Solomon "Chicago Tribune"

This is an exceptionally sensitive and intelligent book.--Robert Pirsig
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