Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Just for you, Prairie Path Books offers a Sunday series this Fall! Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby. See you here. — Sandy
We are taking to the Prairie Path to discuss Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Put on your walking shoes, grab a water bottle and join Susan and Stephanie as we walk the path from PPB.
Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to 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.brutality, hope from suffering.