You've never read a thru-hiker memoir such as this. Derick Lugo, a fixture of the New York comedy scene with a job cut short, had never hiked but set out as a young black man with an overweight pack but can-do attitude. (Okay, that part is familiar.)
As it says on the back cover of this 224-page tale, "What follows are lessons on preparation, humility, race relations, and nature’s wild unpredictability. Through it all, Lugo refuses to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna, persevering with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming that sees him from Georgia to Maine."
"Mr. Fabulous" as a Trail name? You will see why.
Published by the Appalachian Mountain Club in September 2019.
From a review by Jaime Herndon on bookriot.com: "Lugo's tales of the trail are poignant, relatable, and several times I was LOLing as I read it. His descriptions are beautiful, and he has a way of capturing the essence of the people he meets on the trail. He does address the issue of whiteness on the trail (he is black), albeit briefly. I loved reading this and spending time with him on the page."
Brendon FAssett (Submitted on Dec 14th 2019)
I enjoyed reading about his experience on the AT from the aspect of meeting his 'trail family' throughout his thru-hike.