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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.


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


"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


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

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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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Artist, June 23, 2015 (view all comments by Artist)
Bill Bryson brings exactly the right combination of good writing, accessibility, and humor that makes "Walk in the Woods" a perfect summer book. I'm starting "Neither Here Nor There" (about his travels in Europe) based on this initial exposure to him. Bryson's compulsive organization for walking the Appalachian trail, paranoia about dangers along the trail, and clear eyed appraisal of the ambiguous pleasures of being exhausted, dirty, and obsessed with a sit-down hamburger experience in a backwater rural eatery made his experiences real for me. The hardships are worth his very well described transcendent moments of pure pleasure in the beauty of the land, the light, and the solitude of walking the trail. He is a very funny man. I found myself laughing out loud so often in the book. Most humorous was his fantasy about Mr.Bojangles. You'll know it when you come across it.
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David Jordan, November 8, 2014 (view all comments by David Jordan)
If you've ever felt intimidated reading true-life adventure tales written by seemingly larger-than-life individuals who possess skills, daring, and drive that have thus far eluded you, then here is your book. What is most enjoyable about Bryson's tale of attempting the Appalachian Trail is how bad he is at this sort of thing. A very non-intimidating adventurer, Bryson is nevertheless a hilarious and gifted chronicler of the ups and downs of life on the trail as experienced by a well-intentioned by poorly prepared and inexperienced "outdoorsman." Highly recommended.
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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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Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Broadway Books
Bryson, Bill
New York
Description and travel
United states
United States - South - East South Central (General)
Essays & Travelogues
United States - Northeast - General
Appalachian Trail
Natural history
Appalachian Trail Description and travel.
United States - General
General Travel
Travel Writing-General
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no. 13a].
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8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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