• Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time, Andrew Forsthoefel
      Bloomsbury, 9781632867001, April 4, 2017 (Fiction)

      This book could not be coming at a better time. Amidst a calamitous political landscape, Americans today seem wary of their fellow citizens and suspicious of one another’s beliefs, religion, and ethnicity. Forsthoefel does an amazingly wonderful job showing us that our fellow citizens are not to be feared, but instead are to be celebrated for their humanity and their heart. Setting off to walk across the country after graduating college, Forsthoefel aims to get to know the people in the world by taking the time to listen to as many people who cross his path. And the stories he brings us of the individuals he meets along the way, in addition to his own personal journey, are insightful and ultimately uplifting. A thoughtful and inspiring portrait of America today. 

      -Hilary Gustafson, Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI)

      What an amazing book to come along at a time when the nation seems to be falling apart. Twenty-three-year-old Forsthoefel, who walks across the land searching for answers to help him make his passage into manhood, stumbles upon a succession of kind, trusting, and generous souls who form the bedrock of America. Maybe their existence will keep us from being torn apart. Forsthoefel, a privileged white boy, went to Middlebury College and had no idea what to do when he graduated — however, he can write. His whole walking tour was his attempt to get a feeling for who he is. Does he succeed? I don’t know, but he does recount hundreds of heartwarming interactions with common folks in America that might make you proud to be American.

      -Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, (Ridgefield, CT)

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