The more I think about it, the more I dislike this book. I was hungry to read a bio of Thoreau since I’ve been nibbling at his journal entries for the last several months (full review to come). I was excited when I heard about this newest biography, thinking new = better, but not in this case. Sims seems constrained by factual telling and ends up writing fairly bland prose, doing a disservice to HDT. I also retch at the subtitle, unsure of how exactly his path to Walden was “unlikely.” Pro-tip: stick to the source documents, get yourself a copy of the new edition of selections from his journal.