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 Bill Bryson's wit, historical references and general commentary along the Appalachian Trail is fantastic.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.
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!
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.
Paula Rainey, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Paula Rainey)
I bought this book because the picture on the cover caught my attention. I enjoyed the layout of the book, as the author used a most picturesque and entertaining description of the relationship between the two main hikers and their encounters. Each of these entertaining encounters was followed by an explanation of the area in which they were hiking at the time along with any history of the area, so not only was the book extremely entertaining but also educational.
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by The Philadelphia Inquirer,
"Bryson is a very funny writer who could wring humor from a clammy sleeping bag."
by The New York Times,
"Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods."
by The Washington Post,
"A terribly misguided, and terribly funny tale of adventure....The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud."
by The Plain Dealer,
by Times Picayune,
"It's great adventure, on a human sacle, with survuivable discomforts, and, happily, everybody goes home afterwards."
by Random House,
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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