A Walk in the Woods
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The classic chronicle of a “terribly misguided and terribly funny” (The Washington Post) hike of the Appalachian Trail, from the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Body “The best way of escaping into nature.”—The New York Times 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. 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 a modern classic of travel literature. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
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"I actually really liked this book. Even though I’m not much of a hiker anymore, I loved hearing Bryson’s tale of walking the AT. <br/><br/>I also loved all the other subjects within the book. Ornithology, geology, history (about more than just the trail itself), geography, talking about so many different types of animals along the trail, criminology. And the best part is- it all flowed nicely! <br/><br/>I will admit, I didn’t always like Bryson and Katz. Sometimes they came off as egotistical, inappropriate, and just downright mean, but also, there were times when I could heavily relate to them and they made me laugh. <br/><br/>All in all, there was so much research and effort that went into this book, and I really enjoyed it."
"The dry humor and pacing kept me coming back for more :) "