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Kirkus Book Review

In his memoir, Woods provides enough fodder for three books in this account of his experiences as a boy, businessman,
and cross-country walker.

The author begins with a frank look at his impoverished childhood during the late 1930s and ’40s and includes a bleak
portrait of an alcoholic father—“I have no positive or personal childhood memories of my father that made me feel
connected to him”—whom he initially planned to murder but later viewed “as a pitiful individual, a completely
humiliated man.” When he was 11, Woods was sent to live with 68-year-old Grandpa Huber, where he endured a harsh
farm life until 16. The stories of childhood adversity lead the reader to marvel at the kind of backbreaking work asked of
children at the time. As an adult, he used his strong work ethic in various startups—insurance agency, construction
company, flea market, flight school—some successful, others huge busts. In 2004, he walked east to west across
America to inspire his countrymen to “become participants in molding our country,” which Woods believed needed an
“overhaul of morals.” In 2010, he did it again—this time north to south to promote fitness. The story of the first walk is
highly entertaining. (The second walk’s account feels a little rushed, though it redeems itself with his experience on
“Oprah.”) If you’ve ever seen the news coverage of these walkers and wondered how they do it (23.31 miles a day on
average, five pairs of 991 New Balance shoes) or what it’s really like on the road, you’ll enjoy Woods’ story.


Miles From Home: A Journey of a Lifetime

Phillip L. Woods

Phillip L. Woods walked across the United States not once, but twice. As he walked, he thought about his legacy and what it would be. His new memoir invites readers to walk in his shoes and see the world from his perspective.

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781504901741

ISBN 13 (Hardbound): 9781504901758

ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781504901734