Award Winner: 2018 Best Book Awards Health: Aging/50+
Did you ever feel a need to shake up your life a bit? Jane Congdon did, but it wasn't the wildlife, the fresh air, the scenery, or the promise of a simple life that drew the retired editor into the woods. It was the Wild Effect! Record numbers of women were taking to the trails after reading Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir. Jane spent 17 weeks on the Appalachian Trail, logging 1,200 miles hiking with partners, alone, and with a glass good-luck charm named Ms. Rabbit. This is her fascinating and humorous account of life in a land of bears, wild pigs, volatile weather, trail town stops, and the personalities she met along the way--and how it changed her perceptions of both Mother Nature and human nature.