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Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph Hardcover – June 10, 2013
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If you are thinking about getting this book for the equipment reviews and recommendations, don't do it, there aren't any in this book. If you are looking for hiking techniques, tips you can use, secrets about completing the trail that a record holder would hopefully know, Jennifer doesn't share any of those in this book either, maybe the next one. And lastly, if you think you are going to gain some sound practical backpacking knowledge or profound insight that would surely be part of supreme test of endurance, you would be mistaken again.
What clearly comes out in this book is how hard the hike was for Jennifer. If you aren't familiar with the Appalachian Trail then Jennifer's description of her perseverance adds gravitas to her achievement. There are a couple things that her storytelling doesn't do. It doesn't inspire me and it doesn't portray Jennifer in a positive light. Her husband is a saint and her friends make incredible sacrifices to support her but she doesn't really treat them with equal generosity, so this book is disappointing in that regard.
I have a library of hiking and backpacking books that goes back over 40 years to the first edition of Colin Fletcher's Complete Walker and I am proud of each and every book. I was initially going to toss this book when I finished it, but I thought better. Maybe I'll read it again in a couple years and discover something useful the second time around. For now, I can't recommend it.
The athletic achievement certainly deserves accolades but overall, what would make a wonderfully fascinating trail journal makes just an okay book. The writing is, at best, serviceable, and at times it was difficult to get through it. It also seemed a little too personal and specific sometimes and after a while, I simply didn't care what she was thinking or how she felt because a lot of it had nothing to do with hiking and would be more suitable for a diary. Furthermore, the illustrations would be more appropriate for a shelter log than a published book—although they did make me chuckle at times, as with the bear family peeking around the tree or the close-up of the kangaroo.
I would definitely recommend this book for endurance athletes to gain an understanding of the internal struggle to succeed. For average hikers and Appalachian Trail aficionados, there are more informative and entertaining books available.
*** = "it's okay"
This isn't a book just for people interested in the Appalachian Trail. The author's description of her spiritual and emotional feelings will resonate with anyone. And she doesn't present herself as a plaster saint: she gets grouchy at times (as who wouldn't, after hiking a sixty-mile day, or when being confronted by an importunate paparazzo!) My partner (an occasional hiker and frequent one-man support crew) clipped out a cartoon from The New Yorker a while back and it's on our refrigerator door: two hikers are in the woods and one says to the other "It's a good thing this is a leisure-time activity, because you couldn't pay me to do it." Yes, indeed! As Ms. Davis says (p. 177): "I may not be having fun, but I feel a sense of joy and purpose. When things are this difficult it causes you to change and grow."
People hike the trail for various reasons: to get in touch with nature, for a 2000-mile party, or for a personal challenge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jennifer has a very casual style of writing that kind of draws you in. I am not a hiker and don't know why the AP is so interesting to me. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Doherty Industrial Group
This is a wonderful book about an AT record attempt but it's also about a woman discovering more about herself and her relationships. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen R.
Great Book, Even though I'm not a hiker, it kept my interest all the way through until the end!!Published 2 months ago by Barbara McCoy
This time I read it every spare moment I had. I loved to read while jogging on the treadmill. If she could go through all she could on her trail I can handle the treadmill. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carjlin
Great book to follow Becoming Odyssa! Really enjoyed her journey and couldn't hardly put it down through the whole book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marty Lawson Lee
Jennifer is driven and brave and amazing! This book encompasses the struggle for self love and the sacrifices we make in relationships so honestly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tara Millington
Second book of the triliogy, almost couldn't put it down. Wonderful writing
and wonderful story.