*Reviews + media coverage*


“Walking is healthy, creatively useful and, according to Rubinstein’s deeply researched book, socially, economically, environmentally, politically, psychologically and spiritually beneficial.” — Globe and Mail

“About four pages into this book I was hooked: The writing is high quality, it’s dotted with nuggets of research and Rubinstein has travelled far afield to walk with some of the world’s most interesting pedestrians.” — Toronto Star

“In this worthy addition to the nonfiction walking canon, Ottawa-based feature writer-editor and avid trekker Dan Rubinstein tests his hypothesis that walking can fix — or at least patch — a broken world.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Rubinstein’s sources repeatedly caution him that walking is not a miracle cure. But the book shows how putting one foot in front of the other intersects with nearly every facet of the human experience, from mental health to economics to creativity, with no shortage of scientific firepower to back it up.” — Edmonton Journal

“Dan Rubinstein has walked in northern Quebec, in inner-city Philadelphia, in the British Isles, and more, to research his just-released book Born to Walk. But it was right around the corner from his house that the Ottawa author encountered a pedestrian’s worst nightmare.” — Ottawa Citizen

“This is a fast-­moving, page-turning text … a lovely collection of walking epiphanies.” — The Australian

“His research is meticulous and the detailed but very readable text is full of thought-provoking interviews and examples.” — Walk Magazine

“It is disheartening that we need a book to prove that walking is positive and human beings, evolutionarily blessed with big toes, should walk more. However, Rubinstein illustrates that we are in urgent need of this reminder.” — Quill & Quire

“This is an inherently inspirational work, and one that holds real promise for social change.” — The Georgia Straight

“I loved this book. With every page I was screaming, ‘Yes, yes! He’s got it so right!’” — 52 Books or Bust

“I thought I’d already read the book on walking. Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read, a book that opened my eyes to the wonders of rambling and tramping, and to how amazing is the ordinary world around us all the time.  After Wanderlust, what else needs to be said? So I wasn’t entirely sold on Dan Rubinstein’s Born to Walk — not at least until I opened the book … and realized that the journey, delightfully, continues on.” — Pickle Me This

“It wasn’t until I went out to these big sprawling cities [such as Edmonton] that I started walking. Passing through them on foot, you get to experience the scale of them, and the fine grained textures…. You really begin to understand the place.”     — Metro Edmonton

“A perfect springtime read, an absorbing book that will awaken your senses to nature and your nature.” — 49th Shelf Q&A

“Although loaded with convincing research about how everything from depression to climate change can be eased with walking, Born to Walk is a spellbinding page turner.” — Penticton Western News

“Rubinstein’s ode to walking provides a beautiful look at how it could be the simplest act that saves us.” — Vue Weekly


“Full disclosure: I am a committed walker.” — interview with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter (25:00 in)

The fascinating manner by which we are predisposed to bipedalism. — Kobo Writing Life Podcast

How walking helps the economy and could change your life — interview with CBC Radio, Hamilton, Ont.

The physical and spiritual benefits of walking — interview with CBC Radio, Edmonton

Interview with CJAD 800 in Montreal

Interview with NPR radio in Park City, Utah (I join the program at about the 30:30 mark)

Interview with CBC’s Metro Morning in Toronto (I come in just after the 20:00 mark)

Interview and listener calls on CBC’s Maritime Noon (I come in at about 13:30)


“The Walking Cure” — The Walrus

“Gone Strolling: Unhappy at work and recently injured, writer Dan Rubinstein changes his pace to change his life” — Reader’s Digest

“The Transformative Properties of Walking” — enRoute

“Boots on the street” — The Economist

One thought on “*Reviews + media coverage*

  1. Hello Dan. I just finished reading your book last night. I found it interesting and enjoyed reading about the people you met who were included in the book. I wasn’t always interested in the stats you included but enjoyed your writing about places i have been to ,such as the Bruce Trail, Ottawa (I used to live in Alta Vista/Elmvale area but now call Old Ottawa South home), Edmonton, where I lived for 2 1/2 years without a car, and Toronto. I hope to do a long walk at some point, such as The Camino or Japan (Have you read Robert Sibley’s books? http://www.amazon.ca/The-Way-88-Temples-Pilgrimage/dp/0813934729). Thanks for contributing to the effort to get us all walking more!


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