Afoot in Connecticut by Eric D. Lehman



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Afoot in Connecticut, is a love letter to this often overlooked region of America, an inspirational story that will have you taking to the trails and the greenways, along the beaches and mountaintops, and into a land full of transformation, of beauty, and of strength.

 Praise for Afoot in Connecticut

Afoot in Connecticut proves the old adage that the slower you go, the more you see. In these pages we join Eric Lehman on peripatetic rambles the length and breadth of the Constitution State, exploring beaches and ridgelines, woodlands and caves, back roads and rivers, colonial cellar holes and ancient stone walls. With its seamless fusion of the cultural, natural, and personal, this book will enrich the experience of visitor and native alike.”

—David Leff, author of Deep Travel and The Last Undiscovered Place

Afoot in Connecticut is a gift of knowledge and love to those who have traveled or would travel Connecticut’s trails and waterways, mountains and shores.”

— Dick Allen, Connecticut State Poet Laureate

“‘There are times when natural history, geology, and archaeology break down and sunlit meadows stream unencumbered through the eyes and into the spirit,’ Eric D. Lehman uses his glorious, restless spirit to show us unbridled Connecticut. If Afoot in Connecticut doesn’t make you put on your hiking boots and burst out of doors and beyond the suburbs, nothing will.”

—Tom Shachtman, author of The Most Beautiful Villages of New England

Afoot in Connecticut is coming out in May. It is by my good friend, Eric Lehman, Professor of English at the Univ. of Bridgeport. His book on the History of Connecticut Wine is a great reference, and his Insider Guide to Connecticut is good fun and invaluable for anyone living or travelling in the Nutmeg State. The guy flat out knows how to write and make the subject interesting. Neither perfunctory nor yawn-inducing. Like Goldilocks’s soup, Eric’s writing is just right.”

—Francois Steichen, former writer for the Greenwich Citizen

“Lehman’s book wanders space and time through the backdrop of Connecticut’s wilderness. His travels capture the sights, sounds and smells of the forests, beaches, meadows and swamps, juxtaposed only by run ins with the ever-growing civilized world. This book rekindled my days of trekking and camping, stumbling and meditating in this most gorgeous state of nature.”

—Colin M. Caplan, author and historian

 “Homebound Publications is an ironic name for the publisher of Eric D. Lehman’s extraordinary travelogue, Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History. This 132 page compendium introduces the reader to a fascinating and informative account of the natural beauty of Connecticut’s rural countryside, beaches, mountains, rivers, woodlands, back roads and nature trails. From ancient stone walls to colonial cellar holes, the human mark upon Connecticut landscapes will charm those who seek them out. Superbly written, Afoot in Connecticut is highly recommended for onsite tourists and armchair travelers alike!”

Midwest Review of Books, The Travel Shelf

“…Lehman has succeeded in crafting a moving, intricate ode to the inextricable bonds that bind person and place, a book that is, at its heart, a call to those who have not yet forsaken the sterility of the indoors for the soul-quenching of a good walking stick and a nearby trail, and a reminder for those who have already traveled to find a greater journey.”

Chris Vola, The Small Press Book Review