The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers


This is the book we read for July for book club. A friend of mine pointed out that it is only available for an e-reader. I did see online that you can buy a paperback copy used if you really wanted one. Here’s a little about the book.

Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life–and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he’d ever thought possible. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart–the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes…and the discovery that sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.

I liked the book. It was different than the other ones we have read for book club. I did feel like the book was a little detached at times and felt sort of thrown together at parts. But maybe it was supposed to be more journal-like instead of so planned out. Not really sure. I started to feel like some of the stories were a little repetitive. But he did meet some very kind, generous and interesting people along his way.

He wrote a another book, called The Wander Year, where he travels around the world with his wife. I am putting that book on my “to read” list because I think this would be an interesting story with a woman’s perspective as well. Since, I don’t think it would have been wise for a woman to do what he did for “Kindness of Strangers.”

If you have a Kindle or e-reader, this was a good book. It was worth reading to give you hope that there are still good people out there. Happy reading!


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