The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
In Rachel Joyce's debut novel, Harold Fry begins his day with a leisurely stroll to post a letter to his dear, ill, former co-worker Queenie. Harold surprises himself, as well as family, friends, and strangers too, as his small errand evolves into a 600 mile odyssey across England.
Living unnoticed with her father in the woods near Portland, Oregon, 13-year-old Caroline is smart and resourceful. One small mistake, however, leads to their discovery. When the police and social services become involved, the pair begins a bumpy and disturbing journey back to civilization. Peter Rock's novel is inspired by a true story.
Young Vivian is one of many to board the orphan trains heading west to an uncertain future. Now 91, Vivian meets 17-year-old Molly and though decades apart in age, they find a common bond in their turbulent childhoods. From turn of the century Ireland and New York City to the Midwest and onto contemporary Maine, author Christina Baker Kline's moving novel highlights a period of history largely forgotten.
Long or short, unexpected or planned, spiritual or physical, journeys of all kind are often remembered as Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. Join Chapters in March, April, May and June for a series of titles that are sure to put a spring in your step!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
In 1995, determined and alone, 26-year-old Cheryl Strayed impulsively set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Unprepared, even by novice standars, the author overcame physical and emotional challenges leading not only to triumph, but transformation. Since its 2012 publication, Strayed's journey of self-discovery has been a constant on The New York Times Best Seller list.