About the Book: In September 2012, Ken Ilgunas strapped on his backpack, stuck out his thumb on the interstate just north of Denver, and hitchhiked 1,500 miles to the Alberta tar sands. Once there, he turned around and began his 1,700-mile trek to the XL's endpoint on the Gulf Coast of Texas, a journey he would complete entirely on foot, walking almost exclusively across private property. Both a travel memoir and a reflection on climate change, Trespassing Across America; is filled with colorful characters, harrowing physical trials, and strange encounters with the weather, terrain, and animals of America's plains. Ultimately, Trespassing Across America; is a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half wild is a life only half lived About the Author: Ken Ilgunas is a self-described once cart-pushing suburbanite from New York. Who fell in love with Alaska and Thoreau, so now goes on adventures and write about them. His two prouder achievements have been living in a van to get through grad school debt-free, and hiking across the country. He wrote books about both. About the Themes: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land? As members of a rapidly warming planet? As mere individuals up against something as powerful as the fossil fuel industry?