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Tony Hiss

In Motion: The Experience of Travel (Knopf, October 2010), Tony Hiss's recent exploration of the unique human ability he calls Deep Travel, when everything seems fresh, vivid, and memorable, is his thirteenth book. It follows the award-winning The Experience of Place and H2O: Highlands to Ocean, an evocative introduction to the underlying landscape of the New York area. Previous books have explored subjects as varied as train travel, Hunanese cooking, giant pandas, photography, the story of his family, and the future of New York.

Tony Hiss was a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than 30 years, contributing essays, profiles, reviews, editorials, and more than 400 "Talk of the Town" stories, and has also written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Travel & Leisure. He has lectured around the world, and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The National Recreation and Park Association's National Literary Award praised Hiss for a lifetime of "spellbinding and poignant" writing about "how our environments, modes of travel, and other aspects of the American landscape affect our lives." He lives in New York with his wife, writer Lois Metzger, and their son.

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