Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Last American Man

The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert

This is the story of a man who walks to the beat of a different drummer. Eustace Conway has been driven by his goal of trying to convince people to give up their materialistic lifestyle and return to nature. The facts of his life are a testament to the saying, "truth is stranger than fiction." When he was 12 he went out into the woods, alone and empty-handed, and survived off the land for a week. He lived in a tepee for 17 years, wears clothes made out of buckskin, and set a record for his travels across the U.S. on horseback. He purchased 1000 acres in North Carolina which he has developed into a working primitive farm.

Elizabeth Gilbert does a great job of showing who this man is, warts and all. This isn't just a romantic picture of a mountain man - this is a real portrait of who he is and what he does. If you are a fan of adventure non-fiction give this book a try.

- Kathy

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