The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts is a quintessential underdog story and my feel-good pick of 2022. In 1954, Maine farmer Annie Wilkins, along with her little dog, and her horse, embarked on a cross-country journey to see the Pacific Ocean. She had no money. She had lost her farm. She had never been outside of the state of Maine. A doctor had given her two years to live. She was sixty-three years old.
And yet, improbably, after traveling over 4,000 miles, Annie Wilkins arrived in Hollywood in 1956. This book chronicles not only Annie's grit and determination, but also the neighborliness and kindness she encountered along the way. Offering up a slice of mid-century Americana--and a fascinating glimpse of a disappearing America on the cusp of change-- this is a life-affirming, inspiring and unforgettable book that serves as a reminder: our stories are not inevitable.
Perfect for fans of popular history.
....run, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know.” ― Stephen King