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Hiking through : one man's journey to peace and freedom on the Appalachian Trail
Paul Stutzman
Adult Nonfiction GV199.42.A68 S88 2012

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Stutzman, a former restaurant manager and now first-time author, has rendered an engaging account of his dramatic response in the traumatic aftermath of loss. His 32-year marriage ended when his wife died of cancer just as they were planning their golden years. This precipitated a crisis that landed him in the mud, cold, wet, and filth of what it takes a human being to complete-in less than five months-the "thru-hike" on the Appalachian Trail. For those unfamiliar with the physical, psychological, and spiritual demands of the Trail, the book will be eye-opening, digressions into sentimentality notwithstanding. Despite the details about what a thru-hiker endures day-to-day putting one foot in front of the other, the narrative describes a greater leap. The biggest step he took was the day he resigned at the restaurant. "Could I change my mind?" he asks rhetorically. Nope, he can't. In places the book lacks what it implicitly cries out for: in-the-gut details of the unrelenting struggle ("The climb... is rocky and strenuous"). Even so, Appalachian Trail enthusiasts, hikers, and dreamers will find this story a compelling account of the physicality of coming to terms with life and its sadnesses. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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