I had some great expectations from this book and sadly they were not met. This is one part memoir (most of it), one part cultural history (women walking, mostly, in Paris and New York), one part literature (I got some interesting suggestions for my to-read pile) and one part diary (Oh Mon Dieu! to speak in Elkin's favorite language). If you came here looking for the history of walking in (creative) women, Flâneuse is not the book on the topic.
ps: I won't even comment on the comparison to Susan Sontag from the front cover blurb.