Linda Patton 2014

eArThworm is a university reference librarian, retired. Her new career is all trails-and-hiking related: hike leader,  Webmaster for her local chapter of the Florida Trail Association; collecting hiking books; and de facto Librarian for the Appalachian Trail Museum’s Research Library. I’m currently working on getting furnishings ordered and everything in place so that it’s ready in time for me to travel there to start processing the collection in April 2018.

18 Responses to About

  1. Ben Evans says:

    Linda…..GREAT SITE, and an invaluable resource for those like me; hooked on the AT ! Best of luck, hope to meet you on the trail someday.

    BTW, I stumbled on another great AT book, Chained Dogs and Songbirds, by O.D. Coyote. He also had an article published in the Appalachian Trailway News entitled:
    Slackpacking Revisited. Highly recommended reading…

  2. Jarrett Krentzel says:

    Hello eArThworm,

    I just recently got an email from WhiteBlaze.com saying that I’ve received a new private message from you, entitled “Your book”.

    You wrote:
    Trying to contact you about your book. Thanks.

    My personal email address is:

    Please feel free to contact me anytime. I’m really looking forward to talking to you about my book.

    In peace and love—Jarrett (Pacence ’02)

  3. Mina Roller says:

    This is really great! 🙂


  4. Hi,
    I, too, am a librarian interested in books for the AT. I’d like to know more about you, and your book and hiking projects.

    I section hike the AT and collect AT books from Anna Porter Public Library in Gatlinburg, where I am the director.

    I just finished this year’s AT hike and am now complete from Springer to Hampton TN (Kincora Hostel)

    Please email me off your page at kt@annaporterpl.org.

    btw, I’m a 59 yr old female, live in Knoxville and work in Gatlinburg.

    Hoping to see from you,

    Kenton Temple (aka Turtle Mom)

  5. Terri SAnders(bumpkin) says:

    earthworm would you be interested in writing a review of my manuscript

  6. The Bamaman says:

    Hi Linda,

    You are a true friend to the little parapackers !

    Milo Garcia

    You can contact the Bamaman at


  7. I note that you list “The Hungry Hiker’s Book of Good Cooking,” by Gretchen McHugh among your recommendations. Gretchen is my wife, and we have just republished The Hungry Hiker, with a few changes, and will have a website and blog up and running soon. The new edition still has 135 recipes and, most important, loads of lore about trip planning and packing. Knopf kept it in their list for 25 years, and now it’s back.
    If you do reviews I would like to send a review copy. Just tell me where.
    john Sullivan

    • eArThworm says:

      John, Thanks for the heads-up! I’ve revised the entry to reflect the 2012 edition. I review very few books–only some major books about trails–but thanks for the offer of a review copy. If you have lots to give away, I would take one as a donation to support the Florida Trail Association by offering it as a raffle item at the 2013 FTA Conference in March (mail to: Linda Patton, 1829 Folkstone Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312). But if you don’t, then don’t worry about it. Thanks again. ~~ eArThworm

  8. Cap Chastain says:

    Thought I would leave you a note here Linda .. Loved Bill Bryson’s Book about . A Walk In The Woods .. and his buddy .. can’t recall his name .. I howled about his love of Little Debbies cakes .. smiles from India .. a Post Card went into the Post today .. Friday . 15 March 2013 .. THE IDES OF MARCH .. smiles .. Cap ..

    • eArThworm says:

      Good to hear from you! His buddy’s name was, ‘Katz.’ There were a lot of belly laughs in that book.

  9. eArTHworm,
    I’d like to recommend another hiking book (2012) by Amy Allen: SUMMONING THE MOUNTAINS. I especially enjoyed it because Allen deals not only with the challenges of thru-hiking the AT but because she also welcomes the reader into her personal struggles related to divorce, her teen-age children, and her search for a life’s calling.

    I’d be glad to write a more detailed review of this book if you’d like.
    Nancy Poling

  10. Ray Anderson says:

    My debut novel is “The Trail,” and it will be released by Turner Publishing next month. This novel is a thriller taking place along the Appalachian Trail, but it is authentic–I thru-hiked the A.T. in 2003 as “Hamlet.”

    In my Afterword I apologize to any fellow hikers I may alarm but advise that it is always wise to stay alert in the wilds. I’m wondering if you might be interested in this A.T. novel. It’s not just another walk in the woods. Thank you.

    • eArThworm says:

      Ray, Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I keep forgetting to check the Comments file. I checked on Amazon, and there’s no ‘preview’ pages to read. If you would like, you can send me a copy of the book to review. And if you do, that copy will end up in the Appalachian Trail Museum’s research library. My address is: Linda Patton, 1829 Folkstone Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312. Thank you. ~~ eArThworm

  11. Pat Jewett says:

    I have the walking website listed above. I am always searching for new material, videos, websites, blogs about walking.
    I posted a link to your website on my website. I am hoping this is okay.
    My website is a hobby. So there is no money that I am making off of my site. It is just resourceful and informational. My aim is to create a website that is interesting and useful to people who enjoy walking. (anyone of course!)

  12. Gary Sizer says:

    Hi eArThworm!

    I’d like to recommend “Where’s the Next Shelter?” by Gary Sizer. (Hi! I’m Gary…) It’s the true story of my 2014 AT hike, told in the form of a novel instead of the same old trail diary format. Released in 2015, it’s held a regular spot in the top ten among hiking books on Amazon, and the audio version is a hit too. (Over 500 combined reviews with an average rating of 4.7/5 stars.)

    Enjoy your site, looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Green Giant

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