24 February, 2016

Grandma Gatewood's walk by Ben Montgomery

I recommended this to my mother (who is in her late 70s), my sister (mid-50s), and I read it myself (early-40s) – we all enjoyed it.

I issued it to a customer, who is nearly 90. She returned it with a hug – a heartfelt thank you for finding her such an amazing book, about such an inspiring, wonderful woman. 

This is a customer whose reading diet is 90% books about inspiring women – refugees who have made it, missionaries, aid workers… Yet, it is Grandma Gatewood who captured her heart. 

Emma Gatewood’s story is amazing. A story of determination and individuality. She set out for a walk, carrying very little – and walked the Appalachian Trail. In her 60s. By herself. Without telling her family. 

Then, did it again. And again, in bits and pieces. And then walked other trails. 

And became a legend.

Recommended for – well, everyone, really. Women in particular. And for no particular reason. 

Title: Grandma Gatewood's walk: the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail 
Author: Ben Montgomery. 

Also available as an eAudiobook and as an eBook

Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library. 
Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects. A life-long love of children’s books, particularly picture books, helps in her day-to-day role as a children’s librarian. 
  

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