The Novelistas read Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” this month. Couldn’t help but compare this to the other journey books I’ve read. There was “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” (fiction and incredible), and Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” (his friend Katz is priceless.) There was also “Into the Wild” which made me crazy – who walks into the Alaska tundra with only 10 pounds of rice????
But the walkabout book that remains my favorite is still “Mutant Message Down Under.” That story of an American woman on a walkabout in the Australian outback has stayed with me for years. It was was an amazing adventure and the tribesmen were wise teachers. All in all a touching, beautiful book.