Blue Hills Book Club Schedule

For this month’s book, you have the opportunity to discuss The Unlikely Thru-Hiker on September 29th… and then meet the author who is the keynote speaker at our Annual Celebration on October 22nd!

Tuesday, September 29, 4:30 pm
Book discussion based on The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey by Derick Lugo.

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 pm 
Meet the author, Derick Lugo, at our Annual Celebration, October 22nd!

Description of: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey 

Derick Lugo had never been hiking. He certainly couldn’t imagine going more than a day without manicuring his goatee. But with a job cut short and no immediate plans, this fixture of the New York comedy scene began to think about what he might do with months of free time. He had heard of the Appalachian Trail, but he had never seriously considered attempting to hike all 2,192 miles of it. Suddenly he found himself asking, Could he do it? The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of a young black man setting off from the city with an extremely overweight pack and a willfully can-do attitude. What follows are lessons on preparation, humility, race relations, and nature’s wild unpredictability. Through it all, Lugo refuses to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna, persevering with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming that sees him from Georgia to Maine.

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Previously Read (and recommended!)

Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land, by John Hanson Mitchell

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938, by R. A. Scotti

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel 

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer