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Walking Home: A Woman's Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) Paperback – September 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
art outdoor adventure tale, part feminist empowerment treatise and part plain old gripping read, Winters's story of hiking the Appalachian Trail ably conjures the smell of pine and the taste of cold oatmeal. After a difficult breakup with her boyfriend, Winters (Side Roads of Long Island) decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of hiking the blazed path alone. When she starts her six-month trip in Georgia, her will is strong, but her thoughts are confused; she keeps hoping that the 2,000-mile hike will clear her head. It does, eventually, but it's a sometimes grueling journey, physically and emotionally. Yet the book doesn't merely chart the interior journey of a bisexual woman on the rebound. Winters relates her many encounters with lack of food, rain, bad knees, the nuances of hiker shelter etiquette, and in off-trail hostels, making this a lively if at times rambling and tediously detailed story of self-reliance. She also evokes the unique culture of the "thruhikers" (those who undertake walking the entire trail uninterruptedly), who track each other through logs at shelters and tend to meet up along the way, sometimes walking together for days or weeks at a time. Written with honesty and wry insight, Winters's account will appeal most to sporty women who enjoy a rousing tale of emotional triumph.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Blackened toenails, swollen fingers, salamanders in the water supply, mice in the shelters, trails that go up or down and are rarely level, rain, rain, and more rain these are but a few of the physical discomforts endemic to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Add to this a bizarre subculture created by dedicated "thruhikers" that includes choosing unusual, evocative trail names (Winters herself becomes "Amazin' Grace") and the scene is set for what many would consider "a walk on the wild side." Bill Bryson had more fun with the subject in his A Walk in the Woods, though he was criticized by many for his irreverent attitude. Winters (Side Roads of Long Island), who took six months to hike the 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine, chose a different path: her mission was to search for the self and to (re)define her sexuality. The result is an uneven, facile travel memoir at once laden with superfluous and often sordid details of a love affair gone wrong and the author's impressive knowledge of the region's flora and fauna. Recommended for extensive adventure collections in large public libraries; also appropriate for lesbian literature collections. Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"I just finished devouring "Walking Home: A Woman's Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail" by Kelly Winters. That doesn't sound very nice, does it? Devour is the only way I can describe the feeling I had when I was able to take a lunch break at work and read more of the book. Even though I was sitting in a relatively comfortable room, scarfing down my lunch, I could feel the pain of hunger, the ache in my joints, and the general wearyness that she described throughout the story. At the same time, I could feel a cool wind on my face, and smell the crisp scent of wet woods and dirt.
I have a friend whom I have lost touch with who is probably hiking the AT right now. At one point, I thought about going with her. In the end, I knew that thru-hiking was not my path (for now). It was good to be able to read Kelly's story and imagine what it might have been like had I gone with my friend."
I'm not a hiker myself, just someone enthralled by the idea of undertaking a physical and mental challenge like the AT. I've read a lot of the Trail books and to me this is the best all-around entry. It has all the color and detail that makes you feel like you're there but it also places the quest in a bigger, more meaningful context. Highly recommended.
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Kelly seems to have, to me, written a fairy tale with a happy ending; very little based in reality and...Read more