Item description for A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins...
Overview A young New Englander celebrates a rarely seen and almost forgotten America as he recalls the people he met and the situations he experienced during a journey in search of his country and himself.
Twenty-five years ago, a disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America. This is the book he wrote about that journey -- a classic account of the reawakening of his faith in himself and his country.
"I started out searching for myself and my country," Peter Jenkins writes, "and found both." In this timeless classic, Jenkins describes how disillusionment with society in the 1970s drove him out onto the road on a walk across America. His experiences remain as sharp and telling today as they were twenty-five years ago -- from the timeless secrets of life, learned from a mountain-dwelling hermit, to the stir he caused by staying with a black family in North Carolina, to his hours of intense labor in Southern mills. Many, many miles later, he learned lessons about his country and himself that resonate to this day -- and will inspire a new generation to get out, hit the road and explore.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 900
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 406
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 712
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More About Peter Jenkins
Peter Jenkins, in addition to being a best selling writer, is an award-winning photographer. His books are part of the curriculum in over three thousand schools from coast to coast (to coast). He lives in Tennessee.
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Timeless and relevant today Feb 19, 2007
I first read this book in high school in teh early 1980's. At that time, I felt secure in the 'faith' of the religion I'd been taught and found Mr. Jenkins' lack of faith really odd and confusing.
However, here I am a middle aged person and finding myself with the same ambiguity about faith in God or in America. While reading the text again didn't necessarily answer my own quandries about faith, it does make me wish I had the ability to walk across America and find myself as he did. There are amazing stories and amazing people all over the planet, and is someone could take a truly accurate poll, I believe we'd find that there is much more good than bad on our planet.
I suspect Mr. Jenkins would agree.
hard to believe Feb 3, 2007
I almost don't want to say anything negative about this book for fear that I'll be linked with some of the those unkind reviewers whose vitriol is, to say the least, not helpful.... Yes, folks, there was a time when idealistic young hippies roamed the earth.
As for Jenkins' book, the sentient dog didn't bother me as much as it seemed to bother other reviewers because lot's of dog owners think their dog understands them. The dog's intelligence is improbable, but viewed through the eyes of loving dog owners is not impossible. At any rate, it didn't ruin the story.
The real problem I have with this book is the complete unbelievability of the characters Jenkins met along his journey. Honestly, "the noble black family" or "the Yankee hating rednecks", or how about "the wise hermit"... it's as if Mr. Jenkins picked his characters from the book of stereotypes. If you don't mind that a lot of this story is probably fiction, then you might enjoy this book. If you do mind, then take a pass, and read "Blue Highways".
what an amazing story Nov 20, 2006
The whole book is written for about a fifth grade level reader, but who cares? It was an amazing story that still wears well now twenty-five years later. A few encounters are dated, but since mostly it is an inspiring study in some of the best and sometimes most surprising of interaction, it is timeless. It is inspiring without being sappy, as it takes us through the beauty, expected and otherwise, that Peter Jenkins found on his journey through the the Eastern Half of the U.S. (this is a part one, if you will, but it stands alone). The best part is his time with a family in a trailer in a small town in North Carolina, where a Northern Yankee got a lot of culture shock, but in the best of ways.
An easy read and if you're like me, one you'll drag out every so often and read again.
Walk Across America Nov 10, 2006
This book is an "easy read" and keeps your attention with every turn this author takes. The impression I went away with was the author has a new appreciation for the people and country we are privileged to live in and with.
A PLEASING READ Aug 18, 2006
Read this one severl years ago, when it was first published, and it has stuck with me since that time. As other reviewers have pointed out, yes, the author can be a bit naive at times and no, he is not Heminway. This is the story of a young man on a personal journey. We do not even have to question his motives as they are his own. We do not have to agree with his conclusions, they they too are his own. The nice thing is, this young man took a journey, had an adventure and had the nerve to write about it. This book, and it's follow up "The Walk West," have been out for a number of years now and have been extremely successful. A lot of people have truely enjoyed them (myself included). This sort of work tends to draw out the rock throwers after a few years. Would strongly suggest you read this one yourself. It does not take that long and you will may quite well like what you find. As a added note: I note that several reviews have taken almost a venomous view as to the author's relationship to his traveling companion, a dog. While I agree, a dog is not a person, I do understand how the author could and apparently did become so attached to his pet. I travel with a dog, have for years, as my only companion, and you do tend to attribute qualities to your four legged fuzzy friend that many cannot see. All in all, recommend this one highly.