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Love at First Hike: A Memoir About Love and Triumph on the Appalachian Trail
Love at First Hike: A Memoir About Love and Triumph on the Appalachian Trail
by Michelle "Brownie" Pugh
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.06
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing A.T. Read, July 20, 2014
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I liked this book when I first started it. but the more I read, the less & less I liked it. The book is not a good A.T. hike book. but It is more of a summer beach read, a romantic hike novel. I finally had to quit reading it at chapter 15.

All the word for word dialogue sounded more like a wishful rewrite of history, a wished for, "what might have been relationship," loosely based on a her past thru hike experiences. It became hard to take too seriously. All her recreated dialogue just got in the way of an enjoyable read. She could have written a good "A.T. Hike Book," she has the talent, but this book definitely does not fit that category, in my opinion.


Circles in the Snow: A Bo Tully Mystery (Bo Tully Mysteries)
Circles in the Snow: A Bo Tully Mystery (Bo Tully Mysteries)
by Patrick F. McManus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.05
44 used & new from $13.22

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing audioBook?, June 5, 2014
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I bought the book then we decided to drive from FL to Virginia so we ordered the audiobook to listen to in the car. I have received nothing other than the book to read. What gives?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shoe repaircheap and the best!, January 1, 2014
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I tend to wear out the heels on trail shoes and Top Siders. By coating the heel bottom surface with Shoe Goo about twice a year, I can extend these until the tops wear out. I wear the Top Siders every day. It really extends the life of the shoe big time.


Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America (Wanderlearn)
Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America (Wanderlearn)
by Francis Tapon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.95
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written self help book, not hiking!, December 11, 2013
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False advertising! It has very little to do with hiking or the A.T. It seems that putting A.T. logos on every page, along with a few A.T. pictures was just a gimic to sell, an otherwise run of the mill self help book. Do not buy this book without seeing a copy in person! The very little that is written about hiking and backpacking would not sell in a dedicated backpack or A.T. hiking book.
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Between a Rock and a White Blaze: Searching for Significance on the Appalachian Trail
Between a Rock and a White Blaze: Searching for Significance on the Appalachian Trail
by Julie Urbanski
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self Absorbed Thru Hiker does the AT, February 28, 2013
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This is the story of a fast thru hiker (96 days on the trail) who tells us she really isn't a people person, does not paticularly like hiking the trail, isn't into nature, does not like to waste energy on side trails, just to look at vistas, did not take any zero days off the trail. This self absorbed, bored hiker, irritated us all through this narrative, with her constant whining. She was so focused on self that she seldom mentioned any of the truly amazing features on along the trail that other authors took paragraphs or even pages to describe for us. I am left with 2 questions, why does she spend so much energy doing what she doesn't seem to enjoy and why does she think the reader wants to hear her whining almost every page in the book?

If she left out 90% of her negative narrative on self and If a second edition, in which she edited out her constant whining, it would be a good book. She is a good writer, she has hiked the PCT and the AT and more than likely will hike the CDT, as well as other trails. She could be an interesting, informative author. Her husband Matt, aka Optimist deserves a gold metal. I would love to hear his story of the AT trail, which he has hiked twice.

Read the excerpts and the reviews before buying this book. Would I buy another future book of hers, about the CDT? Yes, if the reviews indicated she has learned to not be so self absorbed and self centered and if I had the chance to see that positive change in her writings for myself. I hope that happens!
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The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler's Volkswagen
The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler's Volkswagen
by Paul Schilperoord
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wishful Thinking, January 3, 2013
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Josef Ganz was a talented auto magazine editor and engineer. He was unsuccessful in his dreams of building a people's car due to the times in which he lived and being Jewish during the Nazi rule. He never was really able to get solid financial backing to put his ideas in place. Josef Ganz was never connected to the Volkswagen Company or the VW Beetle. He was just one of many auto engineers who dreamed of building a People's Car. He did build a small car named the Standard Superior 1933-1935, but he never was the father or spiritual father of the VW. One of the problems with this book is, the use of the name Volkswagen. The reader has trouble telling when the author is using it as a generic name widely used to describe all small affordable cars in that period or Volkswagen the auto manufacturing company. Porsche used the term Volksauto, Hitler in 1938 named the Beetle the KdF wagen, the British, in 1945, officially named the car the Volkswagen. Seeing Ganz's Standard Superior, built in 1938, would not remind one of a VW, but seeing Porsches V-3 in 1936 or his V-30 one would notice a very striking resemblance to the 1949 Beetle or the 2012 VW Beetle. The V in V-3 is short for Versuch, which stands for experimental and not volkswagen. When the author uses the name Swiss Volkswagen in the book, it is not speaking of a VW Beetle but rather in a generic sense, to his small Standard Superior, which he tried to get manufactured in Switzerland. This book is confusing to readers not familiar with the true history of the VW Beetle. Porsche was familiar with Ganz and they respected each other. Had the playing field been level at that time, they would have been friendly competitors of rival auto companies. After the war, Josef Ganz was in poor health and in financial straits in Australia. He contacted Heinz Nordhoff asking for a consulting job. They were negotiating that when health problems struck Ganz and they were never able to complete negotiations. Nordhoff did send Ganz some money to help him through a tough spot. This is a wonderful book about a talented man and his dreams, but no, it is not about a man in anyway connected to the VW Beetle or it father or spiritual founder.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Work With, easy on the eyes also, December 19, 2012
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I got a new 2012 VW Beetle when they first came out. Florida's sun can really be bright. I wanted to tint my windshield. This sounded easy and it really was. It took me about 20 minutes and looks great. All I used to work with was a sponge, a safety blade and a credit card to push out the bubbles. I could not believe a total klutz like me could do such a great job! Try it, you will like it!


Smarter Backpacking after 50 or How any trekker can adapt any hike to any age or fitness
Smarter Backpacking after 50 or How any trekker can adapt any hike to any age or fitness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Backpacking gets better with age, December 19, 2012
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I was first attracted to this book because I am well over 50 and still backpacking. I enjoy a much reduced weight pack now, following the principles laid down in this helpful book. I also was drawn to reading what a european had to say about light weight backpacking. Backpacking really gets better after 50 if you follow the guidelines proposed in this interesting book!


Intimate Reflections:Two Years at the Panama Canal
Intimate Reflections:Two Years at the Panama Canal

5.0 out of 5 stars The Canal Zone Years, December 19, 2012
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The Panama Canal Zone is just a memory of a former time. This book brought back and triggered so many wonderful memories of a time growing up in Balboa and later New Cristobal. There are not many books about being a Zonian. I completely enjoyed reading this account. One has to have lived it to understand how much we enjoyed being there and how very lucky we were back then.


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Costa Rica
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Costa Rica
by Linda Whitwam
Edition: Paperback
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Guide to CR, December 19, 2012
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DK always produces quality Guides. I have always valued their Backpacking Guides and now this beautiful Guide to Costa Rica. I have found this guide to be the most informative and useful of the guides I have used. It is my 1st choice by far! It may not go into the depth of some other Guides about a specific place, like Frommers or Fodor or the nitty gritty of off the beaten trail like Lonely Planet and others, but it gives you a wonderful overview of the country and the full color pictures jump out at you. They give you a taste of what to expect, that just words can not. The 3D drawings of places in San Jose and the Central valley are really most helpful in understanding what you will be seeing and experiencing. This guide introduces you to the essence of this beautiful country. I found the maps give you a great sense of where things are. Be sure to check out this guide before making your final selection of a Costa Rica Guide.


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