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Two Wheels Good by Jody Rosen
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May 24, 2022 | ISBN 9780804141499

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“The real feat of this book is that it takes us on a ride—across the centuries and around the globe, through startling history and vivid first-person reporting—offering not just a wry, rich, deeply researched meditation on the bicycle and our relationship to it, but also the headlong rush of cruising on two wheels into the unknown.”—Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Empire of Pain

“When I fell in love with riding a bike in New York City, what I found myself craving was a history—of the bicycle, but also of that love, one that itself radiated passion, moved like the wind, believed in the power of adventure. But I’m greedy: I wished that whoever wrote this history would find a way to make it personal and ruminative, to bring cities and eras to life. Jody Rosen has written that very book. I got more than I knew I wanted.”—Wesley Morris, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic, The New York Times

Two Wheels Good is better than a book has any right to be, the best thing I’ve ever read on a single subject. With curiosity, conscientiousness, and an exquisitely light touch, Rosen makes a convincing case that the story of the bike is the story of modern life.”—Lauren Collins, author of When in French

“Showing how the bicycle has been by turns mechanical, utilitarian and political, a feminist engine, and a proletarian necessity—only to end as the modern city dweller’s green-dream vehicle—this is social history as it ought to be written: funny, precise, surprising, anti-dogmatic, and unafraid of following a story, brakes off, to wherever the tale might want to glide.”—Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

“Wide-ranging and inquisitive, Two Wheels Good is like an entire library of books on the bicycle.”—Lucy Sante, author of Low Life

“Intriguing . . . wide-ranging . . . This wildly eclectic cornucopia offers a love letter to bicycles and is sure to be savored by their enthusiasts everywhere.”Booklist

“Eye-opening . . . a lively social history of the bicycle . . . Fans of bicycling and how-the-world-works reportage alike will find this a great pleasure.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Fascinating . . . Witty prose, exhaustive research, and Rosen’s contagious enthusiasm ensure that this standout history will appeal to cyclists and non-cyclists alike.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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