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

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God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath — The Appalachian Trail.

The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas.

With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey.

An instant classic, riotously funny, A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.

Review:

"Bryson is a very funny writer who could wring humor from a clammy sleeping bag." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods." The New York Times

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"A terribly misguided, and terribly funny tale of adventure....The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny." The Washington Post

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"Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud." Chicago Sun-Times

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"Delightful." The Plain Dealer

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"It's great adventure, on a human sacle, with survuivable discomforts, and, happily, everybody goes home afterwards." Times Picayune

Synopsis:

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America — majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you're going to take a hike, it's probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you'll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way — and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

About the Author

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He settled in England in 1977 and lived for many years with his wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He recently returned to the US and now lives in New Hampshire. Bryson's first bestseller was The Lost Continent, a journey through the USA by car. Notes from a Small Island was a #1 bestseller in Canada and spent 43 weeks on the trade paperback list in the UK.

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Angelo, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Angelo)
One of my favorite books. I couldn't put it down! Bill Bryson's wit, historical references and general commentary along the Appalachian Trail is fantastic. A must read. I now plan on reading the rest of his work.
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scrockett, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by scrockett)
This book has been out a while, but I think it's one of Bryson's best. His tale of preparing for and hiking along the Appalachian Trail is both interesting and humorous - even downright hilarious. He also provides a history of how the Appalachian Trail came to be, the politics that surrounded its creation, and the need for conserving the trail and the land around it. All of this packaged into an entertaining yet informative narrative. Loved it!
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chad_ingram, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by chad_ingram)
You will want to quit your job and take on the challenge. Bill does a wonderful job of placing you in the walk. You can anticipate the joy, worry in the frustrations, smell the wilderness and taste the blandness.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279460
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Hiking
Subject:
United States - Northeast - New England (General)
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Journeys
Subject:
Appalachian Trail Description and travel.
Subject:
Bryson, Bill - Journeys - Appalachian Trail
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel - U.S./New England
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 in 0.45 lb

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Product details 416 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307279460 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bryson is a very funny writer who could wring humor from a clammy sleeping bag."
"Review" by , "Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods."
"Review" by , "A terribly misguided, and terribly funny tale of adventure....The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny."
"Review" by , "Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud."
"Review" by , "Delightful."
"Review" by , "It's great adventure, on a human sacle, with survuivable discomforts, and, happily, everybody goes home afterwards."
"Synopsis" by , The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America — majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you're going to take a hike, it's probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you'll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way — and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).
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