Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis
I am a book distributor and I read most books that come to us for review, select and sell to our readers and customers. On any given time I have up to ten books with markers, and I can tell the best of them by the number of pages read.
Becoming Odyssa; Adventures on the Appalachian Trail held me up, most of the other books remained on the coffee table, until I finally reach the end.
The subject of Becoming Odyssa normally bores me, after all many others have written about it and always reads like a terrible vacation, or a testosterone driven saga, more than an adventure. Over twenty years ago my company published Rock and Roses, a collection of 22 essays written by women involved in the mountaineering community, climbers themselves of partners of climbers. That was the first volume published in the United States of America containing solely the point of views of female climbers, and Jennifer Pharr Davis description of her adventure had the same impact on me, different perspectives, fresh eyes, and honestly produced a book that is hard to put down. I will recommend Becoming Odyssa to anyone starting, or planning a thru-hiking adventure.