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New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas by Tom Wessels - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781643260099
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Published: Timber Press - September 14th, 2021

A fascinating guide to the natural wonders of the region. Easily accessible and easily traversed hikes. Wessels' "Forensic Natural History" uncovers the stories of how these places came to be. Bogs and dunes and mountains and forests. Possibly the coolest hiking guide I've ever seen. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


50 Hikes with Kids New England by Wendy Gorton - Book Review

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781643260013
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Published: Timber Press - August 31st, 2021

With scavenger hunts, attractions of note, snack suggestions, and all hikes under 5 miles, this book will inspire you to get out with the whole family into nature and find some real special places in the region. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Jenny Jurek - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316433808
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - April 9th, 2019

World champion utramarathoner Scott Jurek had either hit a wall mentally or was having a mid-life crisis when his wife challenged him to either retire from the sport he dominated or get back in the game with everything he had. He responded in true Jurek fashion by deciding to set the record for the fastest known time running/hiking the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. This is far more than a physical challenge. Jurek also pushes himself (and is pushed) mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Scott and his wife Jenny tell of the trials, pain, anguish and ultimately joy they experienced as they worked as a team to complete the trip from Georgia to Maine. Truly inspiring. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed by Matthew Futterman - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780525562573
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Published: Anchor - April 14th, 2020

Bob Larsen is considered to be one of the great distance running coaches America has ever had, yet it wasn't always so. Many eyebrows of people in the running world were raised when he started his career in the early 70's with his unorthodox training methods, despite the fact that his runners were beating the best almost every time they raced. Larsen's training philosophy of running to the edge in a group and staying there was largely intuitive, but in time the science backed up what he believed to be true about getting fast. Futterman details the cast of characters drawn into Larsen's orbit, and the different reasons they run and seek to be the fastest runners on the planet. In time, they become just that. The writing is fast paced and pulls you along like a rabbit setting the pace for a world record. You don't have to be a runner to appreciate this book, but I would bet you will be one before you finish it. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story by Hank Aaron - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780061373602
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2007

From his humble beginnings in Mobile, Alabama to his becoming baseball's all-time home run leader, Aaron chronicles the struggles facing black ballplayers in a newly segregated national pastime. He faced bigotry and even death threats as he neared the coveted home run record held by Babe Ruth, yet he did so with a quiet grace that belied the anger inside him. Aaron's reflection on his life and career is peppered with personal glimpses from some of the game's greats who played with and against him, all of whom considered him to be a great baseball player, but a better man. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


Swimming to the Top of the Tide by Patricia Hanlon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781942658870
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - June 8th, 2021

A beautiful, lyrical book that takes us under the surface of the marshy coastline of New England. Hanlon introduces us to the unique ecology of the area where freshwater meets saltwater, from the fully immersive perspective of the swimmer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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