Hiking Book Reviews

Because, Why Not?

booksNo, this page is not necessary. And I have no idea how much I’ll even pay attention to it. But I’ve come to learn a few things over the years of writing CTMQ. One, hikers are loyal to my hike reports. Far more so than museum lovers. (I recognize the irony of the site’s name.) I chalk it up to my fellow hiker’s love of maps and lists and completion. Those things drive me to do what I do.

And two, most hikers have a literary gene as well. We just love reading about hikes and other hikers’ experiences – often about trails we’ve hiked, sure, but also about trails we can only dream of hiking. I’ve always enjoyed a good book about hiking and if you’re reading this, you probably have as well. I’ve built a decent collection of travel books and especially travelogues that focus on hiking. (I’ve given away a bunch of them, but what’s done is done.)

Sensing this confluence of hiking, reading and writing, my friend Mara Lee at the Hartford Courant hooked me up with a copy of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. She asked if I’d review it. And I said, “no, I don’t really do that.”

But then I thought about it for a bit and decided it wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Even though “literary reviews” are not my forte and I find them difficult. I do have another little “hidden” section on CTMQ of Connecticut-centric books here, by the way. (And I’ve neglected that page, so I don’t have high hopes for this one.)

Anyway, let’s get to it.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, Ben Montgomery

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