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Book Review: Barefoot Sisters Walking Home

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DISCLAIMER:  I bought my copy of this ebook with my own paycheck.  The following post is my own opinion and not one spoon-fed to me.

The next book on my proverbial shelf to be reviewed is Barefoot Sisters Walking Home by Lucy “Isis” and Susan “jackrabbit” Letcher.  This book is a follow up to their popular first, Barefoot Sisters Southbound.  (If you did not read my review of that, you can see it here.)  This second book follows the two sisters home during the summer of 2001, after they completed their southbound thru-hike, took a couple of weeks off, and then decided to walk the trail home instead of buying a used car as planned.

The writing style is nearly exact to the first book, with the two authors taking turns writing about their experiences.  Similarly, the story flows smoothly and quickly as they cover the nearly 2,200 miles back home.  It was especially entertaining to read about the differences between their two thru-hikes, and to watch as they further cultivate friendships and acquaintances that were first made on their southbound journey.  They even touched on what it was like to be on the trail during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and how it affected the trail experience.  Each author’s separate personality really shines through, and each acknowledges strengths and weaknesses within themselves… and each other.  Reading the two books so close together made them seem like one long story that was broken into two volumes, rather than two completely different books.  That said, they could each be read independently, with little loss in storyline.  By the end of this second book, I felt like I was right there with them, sharing the same scary storms and funny happenings, and like the first book, I had a hard time putting the Kindle down.

I highly recommend the book, if for no other reason than it is a good, entertaining read that is well-written and filled with humor, drama, insight and perspective, along with stunningly detailed descriptions of the flowers, towns and people they encountered.  I would easily read any book by this pair… perhaps of the Pacific Crest Trail or some other adventure completely.

I would love to hear from you, whether it is about this book or another one you recommend.  Please send me a comment below, or use the Contact Me page up top.

Until next time, remember to “Spin the Compass.”

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Book Review: Barefoot Sisters Southbound

In an effort to keep active on the blog in between gear testing and weekend trips, I thought I would add a few book reviews into the mix.  While I plan to limit the books reviewed to those that are somewhat applicable to an Appalachian Trail Thru Hike, I do have an extensive library, and am constantly adding to it, so if there is a specific book you would like me to review, send me a message or comment on this post, and I will be sure to get a review added as soon as I can.

Barefoot Sisters Southbound

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To start out this series, I thought I would review a book that I just finished, as it is still fresh in my mind.  That book is Barefoot Sisters Southbound by Lucy “Isis” and Susan “jackrabbit” Letcher.  My initial reaction is that this book is an amazing read.  It follows the authors from Maine to Georgia during their Summer of 2000 (and Spring of 2001) Southbound hike of the A.T.  The two Barefoot Sisters acquire their nickname due to their love of walking sans shoes, and each author takes turns writing about their Thru Hike, with each clearly labeled so you know who is “talking.”  It does take a bit to get used to the back-and-forth writing styles, but once you do, the book flows smoothly and you get a real sense of each author’s personalities and perspectives.  Once I got into the storyline, I had a hard time putting down my Kindle!

Anyone who enjoys reading a travel journal will enjoy this book, as it delves into both the actual activities (aka town shenanigans) and the mental thought processes that one goes through while attempting this long-term trek.  While not really meant to be an instructional book, it is peppered with tidbits of information that will prove helpful to anyone planning a Thru Hike.

I highly recommend the book, if for no other reason than it is a good, entertaining read that is well-written and filled with humor, drama, insight and perspective.  The moment I finished this book, I ordered their second, Barefoot Sisters Walking Home.  Look for a review on that soon.

I would love to hear from you, whether it is about this book or another one you recommend.  Please send me a comment below, or use the Contact Me page up top.

Until next time, remember to “Spin the Compass.”

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