A Father's Unlikely Foray into the Woods
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151005925, 352pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2003
Peter Applebome grew up obsessed by box scores, so when his son, Ben, joined Little League he happily assumed he'd be spending Ben's childhood at the ballfield. But what Ben really liked was hiking and camping--and when he joined the local Scout troop Applebome reluctantly went along for the ride.
As someone who had never made a fire except in a gas grill and tied knots only in his shoelaces, Applebome was an unlikely recruit. Taking us from the low points (sneaking out of camp to watch basketball in a bar) to the unexpected triumphs (winning the Scoutmaster Challenge) and through all the trekorees and derbies in between, Applebome hikes the difficult trail from tenderfoot skeptic to proud Scout dad. Offering affectionate portraits of troop leaders and the motley group of boys in their charge, he also laces his very funny narrative with an informal but fascinating history of Scouting and grapples with the modern-day controversies that will help determine Scouting's future.
PRAISE FOR DIXIE RISING
"One of the best portrayals of the South in years."--The Washington Post
"Thoroughly engaging, frequently fascinating, often appalling . . . A terrific book."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"...a hilarious outdoor odyssey, a moving glimpse of a father''s heart, and the best commentary ever on the Boy Scouts..."