[at-l] what are you reading?

lpatton lpatton at fsu.edu
Sat Mar 10 16:09:31 CST 2012

>  Every couple of years I ask this group what  you are reading . . .
> Arthur D. Gaudet
> Rockdancer97 at comcast.net

My reading time is limited, and a lot of my reading is only
pertinent to some interest/problem of the moment...like
dealing with health problems, for example.  The remainder
of my reading is mostly books about trails.  I don't keep
track of what I read, and when, so I'm just guessing that
I've read these in the past year:

The Road to Damascus…and Beyond: A Reawakening
of the Spirit by Thruhiking the Appalachian Trail (2009)
by George Sandul
Well-written; one of the best of the A.T. thruhike books,
in my opinion.

At the Speed of Foot (2011) by Mark Fleming
Realistically describes the challenges of an A.T. thruhike done
in 2002.

Appalachian Trials (2012) by Zach Davis
No, "Trials" is not a misspelling.  This book is about conquering
the mental challenges of the Trail --a 'psychological and
emotional guide to successfully hiking the Appalachian Trail'--with
some humor thrown in.  Fills a gap in the literature.

Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest
Trail (2010) by Bill Walker
Enjoyed this every bit as much as his A.T. book--which is to
say, a lot.

Florida Any Way You Can (2011) by Steven Sheridan
The story of the very first thruhike of the Florida Trail.

The Laughalachian Trail (2010) by Tom Waite
Yes, it is full of laughs.  Enjoyable reading.

Am in the middle of reading:

Bringing Nature Home:  How You Can Sustain
Wildlife with Native Plants (2009, rev.ed.) by
Douglas W. Tallamy
This was a gift from a friend, and a fine gift it was.
If you're interested in having a yard that can sustain
native wildlife (insects & on up), this is the book for you.

Edward Abbey.  Matter Journal 13.  (2010)
by Wolverine Farm Publishing
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photographs inspired
by Ed Abbey--along with seven interviews with friends
and colleagues, and a novella.  Two nice photos of
him on the front and back covers. A great book for
all Abbey fans, available for $17 at

~~ eArThworm

"And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing."
William Shakespeare ~ As You Like It. Act ii. Sc. 1.
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