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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Tenderfoot Press Llc (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981647502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981647500
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,983,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A decade ago, Eleanor Berger was a hesitant adventurer who decided to try something new. Reluctant and wary, she gave rambling a try. She has been following footpaths ever since. Now, with more than 1,000 miles under her soles, walking both at home and abroad (mostly in Great Britain), this tenderfoot shares her passion and unique perspective with readers. The author is an essayist whose personal commentaries have been published in anthologies and magazines, and broadcast on regional public radio stations.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book lover -Philadelphia on July 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a delightful book to sit back and read or to take on a journey. The author's comments about the joys of walking are enough to inspire even this stay-at-home to get up and out and enjoy the benefits of fresh air, walking and seeing the world. I liked the fact that the author is an unapologetic fan of comfort, rather than a heroic athlete, so it is easy to identify with her. Her practical hints, whether they are about the right socks or packing with a what-if mindset, are extremely useful and often amusing. It was a real pleasure to get to know the author as she went about her journeys.

p.s. I loved the illustrations, too.
This would make a great gift for walkers or non-walkers on your gift list, for birthdays or any occasion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Westport Reader on August 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
A witty and engaging tale of a timid, cautious woman's explorations, not just about walking across Britain, but also about focused pleasure. Berger teaches the details of every part of planning and purchasing for a walk, but my favorite lesson is that she learns the importance of living in the moment so you don't miss the view while thinking about tonight's B&B or a wet sock. The pleasure of shedding the multitasking world to focus on the moment is a lesson for all of us who hurry through life. Berger mixes advice with experience in a way that stirred this non-walker to see the joy in her details, from her flowered blouse to her gators, and each little thing was a step in moving out of her comfort zone to embrace life. A great gift for a retiring person ready to try new things. The illustrations were romantic images that draw you into each chapter. This is a how to, memoir and a travelogue, and a fun read. Thanks Ms. Berger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John E. Miller on October 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Both my husband and I read Ms Berger's book with great delight. She provided valuable insight with the gentle wit that comes from personal experience. We laughed at the section on sizing boots and the importance of dry socks, as well as many other charming episodes. Ever since our visit to Switzerland, where we saw the numerous hiking trails from village to village and the people of all ages obviously enjoying the treks, we have dreamed of "stepping out". Her book, written as a journal, made us eager to plan our adventure. Everyone will definitely enjoy reading or sharing this book with both walkers and wannabe walkers. I even shared parts of the book with my 90 year-old mother who wished she had this book when she was in her hiking club.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Wiltjer on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
When a writer is able to successfully integrate practical advice with a joyful philosophy and realistic expectations, you can look forward to a delightful read. Such is the case with Eleanor Garrell Berger's new book, "Stepping Out: A Tenderfoot's Guide to the Principles, Practices, and Pleasures of Countryside Walking."

This book stands apart from other travel books for several reasons. The content delivers even more information than the title promises. The step-by-step organization invites armchair travelers, wanna-be walkers, and seasoned wanderers to join the journey at any point that tempts them. And, the author's writing style and tone engages her readers as she weaves wisdom, wit, and wonderment through the tips and tales she shares.

I have not had the pleasure of meeting Eleanor Berger, but a decade ago, a series of misadventures led me to have a very helpful phone conversation with her. My husband and I had been fantasizing about taking our first walking vacation. Yet, after we bought our hiking boots (for all the wrong reasons) and our backpacks (not the right type), we had no idea what to do next..

A friend came to our rescue and urged us to call his friend, Eleanor Berger, a newly converted walking enthusiast. Fortunate for us, we followed his advice and, after a two-hour phone conversation with Eleanor---one filled with do's, don'ts, and what if's---we felt empowered to plan our Cotswold walk. Talking with her reminded us of the maxim, "You don't know what you don't know." The part she played in making our first countryside walk a fun adventure cannot be overstated..

So now, just as we're planning another walking vacation--this one to the Cinque Terre region of Italy--we are thrilled to discover "Stepping Out.
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