Grandma Gatewood’s Walk is the story of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, who in 1955 became the first woman to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail alone. This inspiring biography tells of how a poor Ohio widow took up hiking as a means of recovering from a family tragedy and soon found herself on an incredible journey that would change her life forever.
For who is this book for ?
This biography is for anyone who appreciates an inspiring story of personal transformation. It tells the tale of a woman who, against all odds, overcame adversity to achieve her goals.
- The author does a great job of portraying Grandma Gatewood as an admirable, strong woman.
- The book is well written and easy to read.
- It provides insight into the history of the Appalachian Trail and American hiking culture.
- The author focuses more on Gatewood’s personal life than her accomplishments on the Appalachian Trail.
- The book is poorly written and edited.
- It is repetitive in parts.
Learn more about the author
Ben Montgomery is a journalist and the author of four books, including Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Slate, Men’s Healthand other publications. He lives in Austin with his wife and two young children. Twitter Username: bmontgomery.
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“This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It is a beautifully written story about the journey of an amazing woman who faced incredible obstacles and overcame them all.”
“An amazing and inspiring story.”
“This book is fascinating! It’s the inspiring story of Emma Gatewood, who in 1955 became the first woman to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail alone. Her journey was full of adventure and hardship, but it ultimately made her a stronger person. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys outdoor tales.”