August Book Club | Video Chat with author Melanie McManus

OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR August 2018 | "THOUSAND-MILER: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail" by Melanie McManus

On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author via video chat! Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, at 7:00 pm the author, Melanie McManus, will join us to discuss and answer questions about her book "THOUSAND-MILER: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail". Our book club is open to the public. To honor the author's valued time, we highly recommend that you read the book and browse through any provided book club guides prior to attending the book club meeting.


In thirty-six action-packed days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. In prose that’s alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand-Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin’s forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long-ago glaciers, and into the neighborhood bars and gathering places of far-flung small towns. Follow along as she worries about wildlife encounters, wonders if her injured feet will ever recover, and searches for an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear. Woven throughout her story are details of the history of the still-developing Ice Age Trail—one of just eleven National Scenic Trails nationwide—and helpful insight and strategies for undertaking a successful thru-hike.

Among other fascinating tales from the trail, Thousand-Miler also includes the never-before-told story of the Ice Age Trail’s first-ever thru-hiker, Jim Staudacher, the story of ultrarunner Jason Dorgan's record-breaking thru-run, and the experience of one young, female combat veteran who embarked on a thru-hike as a way to ease back into civilian life. Their collective experiences shed light on the motivations of thru-hikers and the different ways they accomplish this impressive feat, providing an entertaining and informative read for outdoors enthusiasts of all levels.


Melanie is a freelance writer whose passion is exploring the world on foot. She's hiked Iceland's Laugavegur Trail, walked Spain's Vía de la Plata (Camino de Santiago), climbed Mt. Teide in the Canary Islands and completed New Zealand's Tongariro Crossing.

After setting the women's fastpacking record on America's Ice Age Trail, then breaking her own record two years later, Melanie wrote Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017). When it debuted, Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, put it tops on her reading list. 

Now, her goal is to hike America's 10 other National Scenic Trails. To date, she has added the New England Trail and Florida Trail to her thru-hike list, plus thru-biked the Natchez Trace Parkway (only about 60 of the Natchez Trace's 400+ miles of hiking trails have been completed). Melanie also explored 300 miles of the 4,600-mile North Country Trail.


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