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Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the… (original 2014; edição 2014)

por Ben Montgomery (Autor)

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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first personman or womanto walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, who became a hiking celebrity in the 1950s and '60s. She appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and on the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. He also unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.… (mais)
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Título:Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
Autores:Ben Montgomery (Autor)
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Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail por Ben Montgomery (2014)

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Resilient, old, and determined, Grandma raises her kids, has an abusive husband, and walked because she likes it. She decided to try the AT after reading about it in a National Geographic. Unsuccessful the first time, she tried again the following year and completed it with America’s news watching. The stuff of legends!!! Thru-hikers have heard of her. ( )
  bereanna | Jun 13, 2021 |
I think I've checked Ben Montgomery's book "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" out of the library about three times before without getting a chance to read it before I could return it. The universe was trying to tell me something.... I think.... because this time I had a chance to read it and I was so disappointed.

Grandma Gatewood is a very interesting woman and I'd have loved to read a book written about her by someone else. Montgomery is a very dramatic writer -- and he doesn't let facts to get too much in the way of a good story. (Grandma Gatewood climbed up and down Katahdin in 3.5 hours? Sure.... OK. Lots of people getting mauled to death on the AT by wild boars.... Sure, OK.) The hyperbole really isn't necessary and made the book unreadable for me. ( )
  amerynth | Jun 13, 2021 |
This is a good story about a very interesting woman. That said, IMO, only Erik Larson should be allowed to write about what people had for lunch. He's the only one who knows how to make it interesting. Don't get me wrong, the author was good enough to relate Emma's back story and keep the reader's attention but, for my taste, yes, a little too much rote detail just because it happened to be recorded in her diary. I just feel that an extraordinary writer could have taken this story and made it into a book of more that regional interest that people would want to make a film about. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Aug 27, 2020 |
It's difficult sometimes to separate the quality of a book from the subject of the story. Grandma Gatewood's Walk is a wonderful book, but largely because of the merits of its subject: Emma Gatewood, who, starting at the age of 67, hiked the entire length of the Appalachia Trail thrice, as well as the Oregon Trail. Gatewood, affectionately dubbed Grandma Gatewood, was such an inspiring individual, and her story is one that I doubt many born since the 1960s are familiar with.

Like many works of non-fiction, Grandma Gatewood's Walk suffers from repetition. There doesn't seem to have been enough worthwhile material to complete a full book-length work, so some of the story has been stretched to cover the holes. And while the writing is competent and clear, this is far from the most brilliant or enlightening book. But it all goes back to the subject of Emma Gatewood, and Ben Montgomery does a stand-up job presenting her as a very interesting and inspiring person. Montgomery makes this book all about her, and in that regard, he succeeds. ( )
  chrisblocker | Oct 1, 2019 |
OK. Some repetition as Montgomery stretched his references to make a full length book. Took a meandering journey focused on Emma Gatewood's through hike of the Appalachian Trail, with side trips to her abusive marriage and hardscrabble life, and discussion of some of the events ocurring during the time of her hike. Although the title claims Emma "saved" the AT, there was little to back up the claim. Yes, she did get a lot of publicity, and she did tell reporters that the trail was in poor condition, but otherwise she was just doing what she wanted. It was a great feat, one more of us should attempt.
I had to keep reminding myself of the cultural norms in the 1950's-60's so I wouldn't get irritated at the 67 year old woman being considered too ancient to go for a hike, or that it was constantly questioned if her children knew where she was! She was a grown adult, why would she have to consult her grown children about doing what she wanted? ( )
  juniperSun | Aug 14, 2019 |
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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first personman or womanto walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, who became a hiking celebrity in the 1950s and '60s. She appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and on the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. He also unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.

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