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2018 Howard County Reads Book of the year

Frankenstein Book cover. Tan and red weathered background styled as old parchment. The title Frankenstein is centered with the author name Mary Shelley underneath

Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus

by Mary Shelley

Written in 1818 as part of a challenge with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, Shelley’s book shows unflinching wit and a strong female voice in this cautionary tale of a scientist creating a living, thinking being.

2017 Howard County Reads Book of the year

Grandma Gatewood's Walks Book cover. Older Woman with a forested background

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

by Ben Montgomery

Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, the first person--man or woman--to walk it three times, and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her. Auther Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the power of the human spirit and determination

Portrait Photograph of Ben Montgomery. Black background with a white male looking towards the camera