This week we received a new book that should appeal to readers who enjoy the stories of real people doing interesting and unique things. Walking to Listen: 4000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time is a fascinating story of a young man’s incredible journey.
Twenty three year old Andrew Forsthoefel had just graduated from college and had no idea what he wanted to do next. He decided to start walking. He left his home in Pennsylvania with a backpack, an audio recorder, and a sign that read “Walking to Listen.” His goal was to walk all the way across the country, talking to people all along the way. He wanted to get to know them, learn how they answered many of the questions he had about life, and see how they lived. He met all sorts of people from all walks of life, and they shared their life stories with him. He tells about the hardships he faced – bad weather, fatigue, fear and loneliness. But he also shares his experiences with incredible kindness from strangers and learning about the deep connections between all people despite their obvious differences.
His journey took nearly a year, but he did make it to the Pacific Ocean. He may not have completely figured out the meaning of life or gotten answers to all of the questions he had, but he did learn a great deal about himself and his place in the world.
If this book sounds like one you would enjoy, come check it out. It can be found in the adult non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 796. As always, any of our helpful staff will be happy to assist you in locating it.