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Countryside Road

From the New York Times bestselling co-author of

The Walk West comes Barbara Jenkins' untold and long-awaited story, revealing how she grew up as a hillbilly in the Ozarks, how she experienced high adventures on the famous walk across America, and how being on the cover of National Geographic Magazine and writing bestsellers created fame and fortune. Then comes her untold story of losing it all and reinventing her life in the aftermath. 

So Long As It’s Wild is her story that is breaking forty years of silence.

 "I just read So Long as It's Wild. Barbara has certainly lived it all and done it all and she has done it again by putting this book together. I hope it touches you as much as it has me. Congratulations Barbara.

Respectfully & creatively yours."

---Dolly Parton--



Publisher's Weekly; "epic journey, a cinematic sweep .....engrossing!"

The Library Journal;..."fans of Tara Westover's Educated or Cheryl Strayed's Wild will be captivated by this journey of self-discovery and reinvention." 


The Poplar Bluff Missouri Public Library and The Poplar Bluff Museum hosted an Author Event and people waited an hour to get their books signed. Over100 books were autographed.

More Endorsements

Hilary Swank; "After reading Barb’s story, I was carried away by adventure, grit and grace and felt like we became dear friends. I didn’t want the story to end.” Academy Award Winner of Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry

Connie Britton; "Barbara Jenkins’ unique and honest perspective will inspire women everywhere to know their story is worth telling," Star of Friday Night Lights, Nashville and Dirty John series

The Editorial Review; "The writing is stunning.  It's like Margaret Renkl meets John Steinbeck meets Mark Twain and I truly could not get enough." Shannon Briggs

Bridget Connelly; "From the swamplands of the south and across America ...Her grit and outlook on life bring healing and perspective to any generation. She was born a gifted soul turned writer.” Founder/CEO of Luna Bay
Jedidiah Jenkins; "“A grand adventure. ....what it’s like to watch dreams crumble and new dreams emerge. To come out the other side stronger. I am in awe....."  NY Times Bestselling Author and son.

Reader Review; "Barbara Jenkins is my hero! This book was well written and held my interest to the end.  And she has proven what a good writer she is."

Reader Review; "So far I give this book a 99% out of 100% and I have only made it half way through."

Reader Review; "I am obsessed with your book!  I ordered a bunch and have been giving them out like candy to my favorite reader friends!!! Amazing, 1 million times better than I even expected it to be and I had high hopes!" 

Reader Review; "I can't remember the last time I read a whole book in one day."

Reader Review; "This is one of those rare books that gets you right from the beginning and you can (and will) read it in a single sitting.  I hope she writes more."

Reader Review; "I saw so much of myself and the women in my life on every page of her story.  It is a beautiful one."

Reader Review; "I could not put this book down! I feel stronger for having followed your real life story."


The Author will visit your book club when possible or Zoom with book clubs to answer questions and share inside stories.


PSST......If you would like a 'signed bookmark' for your copy of '"So Long As It's Wild", please send your name and mailing address on the contact page.

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