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Unlost

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Great story on an interesting subject. I love the personal experience that she lets us in on and her open and honest thoughts throughout the whole book.
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I really enjoyed this account of the ups and downs (both literal and emotional) of trekking the Appalachian Trail. I originally received the ebook version of this book, but then requested the audiobook when I saw it was available. I'm SO glad I did! The book is read by the author, nearly always a good thing for memoirs, and also includes some short recordings made along the trail which are nice little bonuses. With a chronic illness causing pain and limiting her physical abilities and thoughts of becoming wheelchair bound in her future per doctors, Gail Muller decides to challenge herself to hike over 2,000 miles along the AP. Though she begins with a friend, she spends most of the trail connecting with strangers - other hikers and trail angels - and forming small trail families for a time as they hiked together. There's a bumpy romance and several good friendships made along the way. 

Muller learns about herself, what her boundaries are, what she can certainly live without, what's truly important in life and the healing power of nature. Funny enough, I'm also reading a book on minimalism that plays nicely with this one. It's about the relationships we make and adventures we take, not about the stuff we acquire in our lives. Looking forward to hearing about her next adventure!

Thank you Bookouture Audio, Thread Books and NetGalley for the eALC in exchange for my honest review.
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Those who suffer from chronic illness:  the pain and mental stress, as well as the social reclusiveness, it causes, will relate to this autiobiography. Gail's journey through the maze of unwellness and her overcoming mechanisms will amaze, especially when she decided she'd  ask her body to go hiking!  Not the "safe" couple of hours hiking, but hiking the Applachian Montains for miles and months on end, echelon; a through hiker.

There's a glossary of hiker terminology which will be helpful.  However, I would have greatly preferred that the author had refrained from using certain language, especially the despicable 'F' word, which is liberally sprinkled throughout the pages.  There was also a bit too much information about Buckshot.  This type of language and "information" ruined what would have been an otherwise remarkable account of the kindnesses of fellow-hikers, and of overcoming, and an in-spite-of, chronic illness torments.

                                                ~Eunice C., Reviewer/Blogger~

                                                             August 2021

Disclaimer:  This is my honest opinion based on the review copy given by the publisher.

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Unlost is a travel memoir of the author’s experience hiking the Appalachian Trail.  She embarks on the journey to try and find herself again and find a way to deal with the frustrations and difficulties of living with a debilitating chronic illness,  It is filled with stories of people she meets along the way and the relationships formed with them.  It is full of interesting characters, hostels, the wild outdoors and the challenges she faces on her journey.  I enjoyed following her on her journey and hearing about her adventure.  A good read for anyone embarking on a similar adventure or for those who love to immerse themselves in travel stories.
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A British woman going to hike the Appalachian with others - the journey and what she experienced throughout the trip. Good for those who like reading others journeys.
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As I was reading this book, I found myself holding my breath quite a few times, hoping that she was going to be all right.  She made me nervous because at times I didn't think she was prepared for what she was going to be facing. I have read many books written about hiking the Appalachian Trail, but it was always about the preparation it takes and everything preplanned and set into place before the hike began and then the hike. Gail Muller writes her story with such depth and truth that as I read it, it was playing in my head too.  
Living in Maine, I know the places she tells about and the 100-mile wilderness.  It was a surprise that she started her journey in Maine and went to Georgia. I have always read and heard about the connections that happen while they are walking the AT, and that comes through in her story.  
I read the book because the cover had a journey of self discovery and the healing powers of the wild outdoors.  When she reached her lowest point, and I knew it was something she so wanted to do, I so hoped she would be able to find the strength to finish this journey.  I won't tell you anymore, but I will tell you while reading this particular book, I felt like there was the spirit of all those that went before her that somehow was there now for those that needed it.  
Gail put everything she went through in this book with such depth that I felt like I was right there with her and there were a few times something was going to happen it seemed to be happening in slow motion it was so intense. It should be made into a movie because a movie of it was playing in my head as I was reading it.
Thank you, Thread Books, for an ARC.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
I live vicariously through hikers who write about their long distance treks on trails like the AT, PCT, and CDT. This one especially caught my attention since the author is a sufferer of an invisible illness, as I also have an invisible illness plus I am visually impaired.
The courage it takes to take on a hike like these is inspiring, especially when they're doing this hike solo and depend on meeting and falling into various trail families. This book offers real life experience with dealing with every day chronic pain and then having other injuries along the way. The tough decision to keep pressing on or to take a zero day, or even harder decision, to go off trail, back to civilization and heal, are very real scenarios. 
The friends and fellow hikers she meets along the way provide a lot of needed support to make these decisions and overcome disappointment.
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The author’s personal experience hiking the Appalachian Trail. Filled with anecdotes about the people she meets both on the trail and near the trail at hostels and other places stopped at while resting or picking up supplies/food. Her story is people centric. She also talks about weather she encountered while hiking. Throughout the story the author details her struggle with pain and use of medication to treat this pain for an unknown condition. The author provides only minimal detail about the biota found on the trail. Suggested reading for anyone who is contemplating hiking a long trail.
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This is the third book I've read about hiking the AT. Did I feel a tad fatigued, perchance? Not at all. Muller's story is inspirational, and reading it was an especially personal experience for me, as a sufferer of arthritis.

Muller is a fellow Brit, and so brings a fresh perspective to hiking in the USA (The friendliness of the people! The wilderness!). Her writing is warm and witty, and there were quite a few moments that made me snort or chuckle - or suck in my breath. I read the book in more or less a day - I just had to consume it.

The previous books I've read about the AT were by men, so it was a joy to read a woman's take on it all, let alone a woman suffering a chronic condition so similar in ways to my own. This book does all it can to communicate to its reader that there is worth and joy to be found in pushing the boundaries we perceive around us.  I am now genuinely wondering if I could, in fact, hike the Pacific Crest Trail - something that has always been a distant fantasy.

(With thanks to Thread Books and NetGalley for this ebook in exchange for an honest review)
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