i love having access to books on the trail—paperbacks, even hard covers— i know, hardly ultralight but the tactile is so important to me. i am an english major after all. i am a firm believer in a particular sort of trail magic: trail book magic. a book will find you when you need to read it.
in no particular order, these are some of my favourite trail finds. if you have suggestions for me, drop me a line
bone people - keri hulme [haunting & evocative magic realism set in aoteoroa/newzealand, te araroa ]
as far as the eye can see: reflections of an appalachian trail thru hiker - david brill [creative non fiction, episodic, lyrical, set along the appalachia, appalachian trail]
black like me - john howard griffin [a white american journalist’s document on the treatment & lived experiences of black americans, set in the south in the 50s, appalachian trail]
walk across america - peter jenkins [an idealist and his dog on a long walk, touching, vivid, set across america, appalachian trail]
a brief history of seven killings - marlon james [histeriographic metafiction, brilliant, acerbic, journalistic rendition on the sociopolitical context surrounding the assassination attempt on bob marley, set in jamaica, miami & new york, te araroa]