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Walking to Vermont by Christopher S. Wren

Walking to Vermont by Christopher S. Wren

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Walking to Vermont by Christopher S. Wren is a 273-page hardcover published by Simon & Schuster, 2004.  The dust jacket and book are in very good condition, with no signs of use or wear.

Book Summary

A distinguished former foreign correspondent embraces retirement by setting out alone on foot for nearly four hundred miles, and explores a side of America nearly as exotic as the locales from which he once filed.  

Traveling with an unwieldy pack and a keen curiosity, Christopher Wren bids farewell to the New York Times newsroom in midtown Manhattan and saunters up Broadway, through Harlem, the Bronx, and the affluent suburbs of Westchester and Putnam counties.  As his trek takes him into the Housatonic River Valley of Connecticut, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and along a bucolic riverbank in New Hampshire, the strenuous challenges become as much emotional as physical.

Wren loses his way in a suburban thicket of million dollar mansions, dodges speeding motorists, seeks serenity at a convent, shivers through a rainy night among Shaker ruins, camps in a stranger's backyard, panhandles cookies and water from a good samaritan, absorbs the lore of the Appalachian and Long Trails, sweats up and down mountains, and lands in a hospital emergency room.

He loses track of time, waking with the sun, stopping to eat when hunger gnaws, and camping under starry skies that transform the nights of solitude.  Wren has woven an intensly personal story that is candid and often downright hilarious. 

ISBN:   0-7432-5152-0

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