Books & Boots: Winter Reading Club at CDPL


The onset of winter brings some outdoor enthusiasts indoors for a few months. But all is not lost. The Crawfordsville District Public Library is offering a winter book club this season to keep those of us who prefer to hike using our chairs for adventures busy. This series of books will help keep your mind active as the snow begins to fall.

The program will include four pre-selected non-fiction books on the subject of nature and hiking, which will run from November to March. Each month we’ll explore a new title and then meet to discuss the book. As we wrap up a book, we’ll move on to our next difficult book.

The first book will be “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. This is the author’s account of high-altitude climbing on Mount Everest, and the tragedies and heroism that unfold on the mountain when a huge storm hits the climbers. The author relives the trying ordeals he experienced on the mountain that cost so many lives.

The second book is called “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. This book is also the story of an author who attempted to walk the Appalachian Trail as an older man in order to reconnect with himself and his life’s purpose. He manages to convince a friend to take the trip with him, and together they fight their age and the rocky Trail.

The third book is “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. In this book, the author recounts walking the Pacific Crest Trail and coming to terms with the remnants of his personal life, and finding a way forward. Her journey of self-discovery leads her to find peace with the death of her mother, estrangement from her family, divorce from her husband, and drug addiction. Physical, emotional and spiritual awakenings occur during his treks.

Finally, we will read “The Adventurer’s Son: A Memoir by Roman Dial”. The author uses his background as a biologist and explorer to offer his personal account of the loss of his son, an avid hiker, in the rainforests of Costa Rica in Corcovado National Park, and his hunt to bring his son back to the House. The famous adventurer goes on an expedition for two years to recover his missing son in the Costa Rican jungle. When her son disappeared, the author set out to find out where her son had disappeared, why he hadn’t returned from his hike, and what might have happened to him. Was it a murder committed by drug dealers? A fatal fall down a ravine or off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean? Or did he just walk away from his life?

For a calendar of dates and times, see our website for more information. Books will be provided and places available are limited. Join us as we offer the first non-fiction winter book club, Books and Boots. Grab your bottle of water and a healthy snack, and relax in your reading nook to enjoy the adventures of these books. We don’t need our hiking boots literally, but figuratively. So while the temperatures drop and the snow flies, grab a good book and explore. Our bookish adventures await us.

Interested in joining our book club? You can find information on our website ( If you come to see us, we will be happy to help you register. You can also call us with your questions at 765-362-2242, ext. 117, or email us at [email protected]

Stephanie Morrissette is an avid naturalist and is a library assistant in the Reference and Local History Department at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.


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