Main Point Books welcomes Neil King, Jr. and his new book of personal and historical exploration, "American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal," a revelatory memoir about a 330-mile walk from Washington, D.C., to New York City — including the rich history of the roadways of south eastern Pennsylvania. He'll be joined by special guest Ann de Forest, editor of the anthology "Ways of Walking."
This event will happen in the new event space downstairs at Main Point Books. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite. Both books are for sale in advance and at the event.
About the Book
Neil King Jr.’s desire to walk from Washington, D.C., to New York City began as a whim and soon became an obsession. By the spring of 2021, events had intervened that gave his desire greater urgency: A life-threatening bout with cancer. Political convulsions over a fraught election and our origins as a nation. A pandemic that shut down normal life and made social distance a virtue.
Determined to rediscover what matters in life, King, with only a small satchel of essentials, embarked on a life-changing 25-day journey through historic battlefields and cemeteries, over the Mason-Dixon line, past Quaker and Amish farms, along Valley Forge stream beds, atop a New Jersey trash mound, across New York Harbor, and finally, to his ultimate destination: the Ramble, where a tangle of pathways converge in Central Park. What unfurled is an extraordinary uncovering of America’s past and present, peering into the country’s overlooked regions and people, and, in the midst of extreme political divisions, revealing the profound power of our shared ground.
By turns amusing, inspiring, and sublime, American Ramble offers an exquisite account of personal and national renewal—an indelible study of our country as we’ve never seen it before.