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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trailby Bill Bryson
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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
In the hilarious tradition of Bill Bryson, one mans journey into the heart of hunting in America as he spends a season in dogged pursuit of the big buck.
“You cant go wrong with Pete Bodos new book Whitetail Nation: My Season in Pursuit of the Monster Buck . . . Bodo writes with humor and insight. The result is a book that is entertaining, educational and a fun read.”—Orlando Sentinel
Whitetail Nation is the uproarious story of the season Pete Bodo set out to kill the big buck. From the rolling hills of upstate New York to the vast and unforgiving land of the Big Sky to the Texas ranches that feature high fences, deer feeders, and money-back guarantees, Bodo traverses deep into the heart of a lively, growing subculture that draws powerfully on durable American values—the love of the frontier, the importance of self-reliance, the camaraderie of men in adventure, the quest for sustained youth, and, yes, the capitalists right to amass every high tech hunting gadget this industrys exploding commerce has to offer.
Gradually, Bodo closes in on his target—that elusive monster buck—and with each day spent perched in a deer stand or crawling stealthily in high grass (praying the rattlesnakes are gone) or shivering through the night in a drafty cabin (flannel, polar fleece and whiskey be damned), readers are treated to a hilarious and unforgettable tour through a landscape that ranges from the exalted to the absurd. Along the way Bodo deftly captures the spirit and passion of this rich American pursuit, tracing its history back to the days of Lewis and Clark and examining that age-old question—why do men hunt?
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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