Author Event: Gail Storey - I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

Event date: 
09/04/2013 - 6:30pm

Author Presentation & Discussion
Gail Storey, author of
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
Weds., Sept. 4th, 6:30pm at
the Hood River County Library

Waucoma Bookstore and the Hood River Library will be hosting author Gail Storey at the Hood River Library on Wednesday, September 4, at 6:30pm.  Storey will be discussing her new book - I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. Join Gail Porter and her husband Porter as they share stories, lots of photos, and helpful how-to (such as gear demos and food logistics) to inspire and inform your own big "someday"

About the Book

Gail Storey is not a hiker. But when her husband Porter resigns from his longtime job as the director of a hospice center in Texas to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refuses to let him go alone--even though the prospect of leaving their comfortable Houston careers, hiking up to 20 miles a day and sleeping outside for six months terrifies her at the age of 56.

Carrying Porter's handmade ultralight equipment, they sizzled in the Mojave Desert, nearly
drowned fording a swollen river, waded through High Sierra snows, and stumbled through the lava fields of Oregon.  With every step and switchback, as the trials of the trail test and deepen their relationship, Gail and Porter each walk into the question “who am I?” Gail, confronting dangerous weight loss and her mother’s prolonged illness back home, feels herself irrevocably changed by life on the trail. She faces down a mountain lion and fierce alpine storms, alternately frightened by nature’s power and inspired by its profound force—finding a wisdom that three master’s degrees and a life in the city never taught her.

Humorous yet honest, I Promise Not to Suffer shares a journey of harrowing hilarity and reluctant revelations that will be loved by active hikers (appendices include details of their unique ultralight gear and other essential how-to information), fans of adventure stories, and armchair travelers alike. 

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About the Author
Author Gail D. Storey is a successful writer of fiction and poetry and a frequent writing instructor. She’s the author of two novels, The Lord’s Motel (called by the New York Times Book Review “a tale of unwise judgements and wise humor”) and its sequel God’s Country Club (a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection) as well as numerous pieces in magazines including Fiction, Chicago Review, The North American Review, and Pilgrimage.

Together with her husband, she has bicycled a tandem from Texas to Maine and San Diego, and hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Longtime residents of Houston, TX, Gail and her husband Porter Storey MD FACP FAAHPM, a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine, now reside in Boulder, CO. Find Gail online at

Advance praise for I Promise Not to Suffer:

Witty, wise, and full of heart, Gail Storey’s winning memoir of her hike on the Pacific Crest Trail at the age of fifty-six is a book for every one who ever dreamed of taking the road less traveled. I Promise Not to Suffer is as inspiring as it is hilarious, as poignant as it is smart. It’s one of those oh-please-don’t-let-it-end books. I’d carry it in my backpack anywhere.
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Of the many books that I have read about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, none have captured the trail experience from so many different perspectives. Single hikers, couples, and those who stay behind will all enjoy Gail Storey’s account of the challenges, the beauty, and the PCT community found along the way.”
—Liz Bergeron, Executive Director and CEO, Pacific Crest Trail Association

At times wrenching memoir, at times hilarious, I Promise Not to Suffer pulls no punches and has a wicked sense of fun. Storey reminds me again of what is possible with a big imagination, a dose of scrappy courage, and a lot of love.
—Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars and Kook

Some have called Gail Storey the Nora Ephron of the wilderness. With her own unique wit, Storey shares Ephron’s commitment to creating and tending a long, nourishing marriage. I Promise Not to Suffer is a portrait of a union that does not fray or break under pressure but is forged, toughened, and tenderized.
—Sara Davidson, author of Leap!, Loose Change, and The December Project




I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594857454
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mountaineers Books - April 15th, 2013

Event address: 
Hood River County Library
502 State St
97031 Hood River