Pick up a good book this summer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) Open a good book this summer with the help of GR Reads, an adult summer reading program through The Grand Rapids Public Library. It’s a terrific ecclectic collection of all kinds of books from mysteries to history to personal journeys.

One we want to highlight tells the tale of an unforgettable modern hero, “The Last American Man”. The author may sound familiar to a lot of you, it’s Elizabeth Gilbert, she’s the one who wrote “Eat, Pray, Love” a best selling book that became a popular movie starring Julia Roberts.

In this book, Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway who left his comfortable home when we was seventeen and moved to the Appalachian Mountains where he stayed for two decades.

Here’s a interesting event that ties into this subject. On Friday, July 18, at the main library, you can spend the evening with inspirational speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis. She’s the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the year. She hiked, stumbled and sometimes crawled the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days, and became the fastest person to ever do that and the first woman to set that mark Her talk starts at 7pm and like all of the events at the library, it’s free, Get there early to get a good seat.

 

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