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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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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 lakes — and 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 is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

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"Choke-on-your-coffee funny." The Washington Post Book World

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"Bryson is...great company right from the start — a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and...Dave Barry." The New York Times Book Review

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"A Walk in the Woods is an almost perfect travel book." The Boston Globe

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Every autumn, men and women across the country undertake a quintessential American tradition: deer hunting. The pinnacle of a hunter's quest is killing a buck with antlers that “score” in the Boone and Crockett record book. 

Whitetail Nation is the uproarious story of the season Pete Bodo set out to kill the big buck. From the hills of upstate New York to the vast land of the Big Sky to Texas ranches, Bodo traverses deep into the heart of a lively subculture that draws on durable American valuesthe love of the frontier, self reliance, the camaraderie of men in adventure, and yes, the capitalist's right to amass every high-tech hunting gadget. 

Along the way Bodo deftly captures the spirit of this rich American pursuit, examining that age old question, “Why do men hunt?”

About the Author

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. For twenty years he lived in England, where he worked for The Times and The Independent, and wrote for most major British and American publications. His books include travel memoirs (Neither Here Nor There, The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island), and books on language (The Mother Tongue, Made in America). He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and four children.

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Shanti, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Shanti)
This book is hilarious, fascinating and strangely inspiring! Bryson's vast research on the history of America's hiking trails and parks made this book not only entertaining but highly informative. I loved it, I would wake up early so that I could read at least a chapter before leaving for work.
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Waney, December 31, 2012 (view all comments by Waney)
A WALK IN THE WOODS is a wonderful read; funny, honest, but quite long feeling, as it details the hundreds of miles explored. Bill and his hiking bud Steve are two daring and dedicated trekking comedians. After receiving my full dose of geography and botany info, along with the harsh realities of those who brave the "AT," I think I'll stick to my roundabout at home or a half day at Muir Woods again one day. For now I'm off to cuddle with my sachet.
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Jkleb, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Jkleb)
This book is the right mix of adventure, sharing of knowledge, and call for action. You can't go wrong with it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767902526
Subtitle:
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Author:
Bodo, Pete
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - South - East South Central (General)
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
United States - Northeast - General
Subject:
Appalachian Trail
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Journeys
Subject:
Appalachian Trail Description and travel.
Subject:
Bryson, Bill - Journeys - Appalachian Trail
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Hunting
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
travel;humor;hiking;non-fiction;appalachian trail;memoir;nature;america;usa;outdoors;adventure;travel writing;travelogue;walking;backpacking;appalachia;bryson;autobiography;natural history;camping;wilderness;funny;bill bryson;history;environment;biography
Subject:
travel;humor;hiking;non-fiction;appalachian trail;memoir;nature;america;usa;outdoors;adventure;travel writing;travelogue;walking;backpacking;appalachia;bryson;autobiography;natural history;camping;wilderness;funny;bill bryson;history;environment;biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail
Series Volume:
no. 13a].
Publication Date:
19990504
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 304 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767902526 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Choke-on-your-coffee funny."
"Review" by , "Bryson is...great company right from the start — a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and...Dave Barry."
"Review" by , "A Walk in the Woods is an almost perfect travel book."
"Synopsis" by ,
Every autumn, men and women across the country undertake a quintessential American tradition: deer hunting. The pinnacle of a hunter's quest is killing a buck with antlers that “score” in the Boone and Crockett record book. 

Whitetail Nation is the uproarious story of the season Pete Bodo set out to kill the big buck. From the hills of upstate New York to the vast land of the Big Sky to Texas ranches, Bodo traverses deep into the heart of a lively subculture that draws on durable American valuesthe love of the frontier, self reliance, the camaraderie of men in adventure, and yes, the capitalist's right to amass every high-tech hunting gadget. 

Along the way Bodo deftly captures the spirit of this rich American pursuit, examining that age old question, “Why do men hunt?”

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