What Ricky’s Reading



The Walk

by Richard Paul Evans

What would you do if you lost everything? You lose your job, your home, and most importantly the love of your life. Richard Paul Evans explores this very scenario in The Walk. Alan Christoffersen, Evans’ main character, experiences all of these things. Should he take a bottle of pills and end this life of misery? Or should he live to fight another day?

Alan decides to take a walk, a very long walk. He decides to walk from Seattle, Wash., to Key West, Fla. After all, this is the longest path he can find. He grabs the bare minimum of supplies and sets out on his journey.

Life is about to get interesting for Alan because the people he encounters along the way and the lessons he learns from them will save his life. After the year we had in 2020, this book will inspire you. No matter how bad it gets, just take a walk. You never know who you will meet and what you will learn along the way.

My thoughts: I purposefully did not tell you many details about the first book in this five-part series. I have read the entire series and met the author personally. This is one of the best series I have ever read. I know, I know. You book worms say that about all books. Trust me. This is the series you need to read in 2021. Many of you lost loved ones in 2020 or you are still worried about your loved ones in 2021. Many of you are tired of seeing people in masks. You are just tired of the way things are now. No matter what your political, religious, socioeconomic, or any other status is, we were all negatively affected by 2020. What we all need now is a long walk. We can set out on a new journey in 2021. The cliché may be old, but let’s all slow down and smell the roses. And that unpleasant smell is just the manure that helps those roses grow strong and healthy.

Ricky is director of the Oneonta Public Library. Visit the library for curbside pickup from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 205-274-7641 to reserve this or another great book.