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Bill Bryson has made a living out of traveling and then writing about it. In The Lost Continent he re-created the road trips of his childhood; in Neither Here nor There he retraced the route he followed as a young backpacker traversing Europe. When this American transplant to Britain decided to return home, he made a farewell walking tour of the British countryside and produced Notes from a Small Island. Once back on American soil and safely settled in New Hampshire, Bryson once again hears the siren call of the open road--only this time it's a trail. The Appalachian Trail, to be exact. In A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson tackles what is, for him, an entirely new subject: the American wilderness. Accompanied only by his old college buddy Stephen Katz, Bryson starts out one March morning in north Georgia, intending to walk the entire 2,100 miles to trail's end atop Maine's Mount Katahdin.
If nothing else, A Walk in the Woods is proof positive that the journey is the destination. As Bryson and Katz haul their out-of-shape, middle-aged butts over hill and dale, the reader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passes through. Whether you plan to make a trip like this one yourself one day or only care to read about it, A Walk in the Woods is a great way to spend an afternoon. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of a neophyte woodsman learning hard lessons about self-reliance. Bryson (The Lost Continent) carries himself in an irresistibly bewildered manner, accepting each new calamity with wonder and hilarity. He reviews the characters of the AT (as the trail is called), from a pack of incompetent Boy Scouts to a perpetually lost geezer named Chicken John. Most amusing is his cranky, crude and inestimable companion, Katz, a reformed substance abuser who once had single-handedly "become, in effect, Iowa's drug culture." The uneasy but always entertaining relationship between Bryson and Katz keeps their walk interesting, even during the flat stretches. Bryson completes the trail as planned, and he records the misadventure with insight and elegance. He is a popular author in Britain and his impeccably graceful and witty style deserves a large American audience as well.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Entertaining informative book about the Appalachian Trail. It helped me realize why people challenge themselves to attempt something so difficult.Published 6 hours ago by Beatrice Silberbusch
You don't have to be a hiker to love this book. It is expertly humorous, often gripping in suspense, and offers a gentle education for the reader about the wilderness, animals, and... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by T. Murphy
Thoroughly enjoyable! Laugh out loud as you follow Bill through the woods. When the story changed to a more historical and environmental narrative, I was seamlessly drawn closer... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Alana
I really enjoyed this story. If you can get past the occasional foul language and tree-hugger environmentalism, this book will give you an appreciation of the AT and hiking in... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Bama Fan
I thought it would be more about the walking and less about the history of the trails.Published 2 days ago by Elaine Erb
My post-college, pre-children life was as an environmental educator -- working at camps, nature centers, and such. Read morePublished 2 days ago by sc2424