The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert

RULE BREAKER

THIS IS NOT A YA BOOK

This is the true story of Eustace Conway, born in South Carolina in 1961.  Eustace left an abusive, suburban home at age 17 to realize his dream of living off the land like our frontier ancestors did.  In 1977, he built himself a teepee out of animal skins, and sustained himself by hunting and fishing.  The next year he traveled the Mississippi River in a handmade canoe, the year after that he hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.  He then proceeded to climb the German Alps, Kayak across Alaska, travel across New Zealand, live with the Mayan Indians of Guatemala and in 1995 he rode his horse across America from east coast to west with his brother, Judson. It took 103 days and set a world record.

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