A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakesand to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.

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A wry account by the author of The Lost Continent traces an adventurous and arduous trek past the Appalachian Trail's natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts. Reprint. $175,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts

Publisher: New York : RosettaBooks, 2003
ISBN: 9780795328046
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9780795328022
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PearlyKayAm1
Nov 25, 2017

A real half-and-half book. An extremely funny and entertaining half when he was talking about the preparation, the hike, and the people he was with (or met) on the trail coupled with an almost boring textbook half telling the history of the trees and area. I discerned a palpable dislike for the government incompetence when it comes to the forestry service.

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MelissaYAReader
Aug 08, 2017

This was a fun book to read. Bryson's writing has a lot of humor in it, making this book much more entertaining. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a daunting task, but Bryson does hike the trail (though ends up finishing in segments). He shares a lot of lore and facts about the trail so that the reader learns about the towns and sights around the trail. Interesting and fun--especially his friend Katz.

HCL_staff_reviews Jul 17, 2017

A surprisingly funny book that is part memoir and part natural history lesson. A Walk in The Woods tells the story of Bill Bryson's attempt to hike from Georgia to Maine with his eccentric friend from college, Stephen Katz. This a great read for anyone that is interested in American history, meditations on natural beauty or funny "fish out of water" travel tales. — Anna D., North Regional Library

AL_RACHEL Jul 13, 2017

I laughed so hard reading this book! It made me never want to take a hike again, but in the best way. Bill Bryson's perspective is fresh and entertaining.

Manateestarz Jun 21, 2017

What a fun read! Bryson does a wonderful job of describing the experience of being on the Appalachian trail and the history behind the trail. I learned so much by reading this book, but I also laughed. His writing style is so inviting and engaging, without being stupidly silly. He has a wicked turn of phrase.

I also liked how he described his friend and trailmate, Katz. At first Katz come off as a sort of buffoon, but later Bryson reveals more about Katz's true character and his solid, enduring friendship.

I highly recommend this book.

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jeffi22
Apr 19, 2017

hilarious and insightful, looking to hike the AT myself so some interesting, practical and non-practical, lots of history, natural, environ; enjoyed and related to first half more than second

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Doodle25
Mar 26, 2017

Fun read of a wild adventure that keeps you laughing. Loved the history of the trail and personalities of those who venture to hike it.

AL_CHRISTINES Oct 13, 2016

What a fun read! The misadventures of Bryson and his out of shape companion left me in stitches. But wait, there's more! He also throws in information about things like the trail, its history, wildlife as well as commentary on the National Park Service and more. Very enjoyable.

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RescueDog
Oct 12, 2016

Has its moments, but a little slow moving for me.

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kwsmith
Jul 30, 2016

I admit that I read this book mostly because it is often mentioned in the same sentence as Cheryl Strayed's excellent novel Wild. Bryson is a seasoned writer who offers a number of clever insights about nature, and about the nature of Americans. Unlike Strayed's Wild, Bryson's entertaining novel is full of sardonic intellectual humour. Read them both, I say!

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Dngies12
Jul 28, 2015

"If there is one thing the Appalachian Trail teaches, it is low-level ecstasy-something we could all do with more of in our lives."

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fzlu
Oct 22, 2011

In America, alas, beauty has become something you drive to, and nature an either/or proposition--either you ruthlessly subjugate it, as at Tocks Dam and a million other places, or you deify it, treat it as something holy and remote, a thing apart, as along the Appalachian Trail. (p. 200)

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