A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Book - 1998
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Bryson share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend. The two encounter eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767902519
0767902513
9781101905494
1101905492
9780767902526
0767902521
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 25 cm

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List - Armchair Travel
RCPL_Librarians Jun 08, 2013

Published on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Appalachian Trail, a wry account by the author of The Lost Continent traces an adventurous trek past the trail's natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.


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MelissaYAReader
Aug 08, 2017

This was a fun book to read. Bryson's writing has a lot of humor in it, making this book much more entertaining. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a daunting task, but Bryson does hike the trail (though ends up finishing in segments). He shares a lot of lore and facts about the trail so that the reader learns about the towns and sights around the trail. Interesting and fun--especially his friend Katz.

HCL_staff_reviews Jul 17, 2017

A surprisingly funny book that is part memoir and part natural history lesson. A Walk in The Woods tells the story of Bill Bryson's attempt to hike from Georgia to Maine with his eccentric friend from college, Stephen Katz. This a great read for anyone that is interested in American history, meditations on natural beauty or funny "fish out of water" travel tales. — Anna D., North Regional Library

AL_RACHEL Jul 13, 2017

I laughed so hard reading this book! It made me never want to take a hike again, but in the best way. Bill Bryson's perspective is fresh and entertaining.

Manateestarz Jun 21, 2017

What a fun read! Bryson does a wonderful job of describing the experience of being on the Appalachian trail and the history behind the trail. I learned so much by reading this book, but I also laughed. His writing style is so inviting and engaging, without being stupidly silly. He has a wicked turn of phrase.

I also liked how he described his friend and trailmate, Katz. At first Katz come off as a sort of buffoon, but later Bryson reveals more about Katz's true character and his solid, enduring friendship.

I highly recommend this book.

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jeffi22
Apr 19, 2017

hilarious and insightful, looking to hike the AT myself so some interesting, practical and non-practical, lots of history, natural, environ; enjoyed and related to first half more than second

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Doodle25
Mar 26, 2017

Fun read of a wild adventure that keeps you laughing. Loved the history of the trail and personalities of those who venture to hike it.

AL_CHRISTINES Oct 13, 2016

What a fun read! The misadventures of Bryson and his out of shape companion left me in stitches. But wait, there's more! He also throws in information about things like the trail, its history, wildlife as well as commentary on the National Park Service and more. Very enjoyable.

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RescueDog
Oct 12, 2016

Has its moments, but a little slow moving for me.

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kwsmith
Jul 30, 2016

I admit that I read this book mostly because it is often mentioned in the same sentence as Cheryl Strayed's excellent novel Wild. Bryson is a seasoned writer who offers a number of clever insights about nature, and about the nature of Americans. Unlike Strayed's Wild, Bryson's entertaining novel is full of sardonic intellectual humour. Read them both, I say!

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dutcheja
Jul 10, 2016

I loved this book so much!!! Bill Bryson is hysterical. I listened to this book on CD with the author narrating and there were days I was laughing so hard I was crying. For sure get the audiobook on CD and make sure it is the one with Bill Bryson doing the reading!!!

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Dngies12
Jul 28, 2015

"If there is one thing the Appalachian Trail teaches, it is low-level ecstasy-something we could all do with more of in our lives."

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fzlu
Oct 22, 2011

In America, alas, beauty has become something you drive to, and nature an either/or proposition--either you ruthlessly subjugate it, as at Tocks Dam and a million other places, or you deify it, treat it as something holy and remote, a thing apart, as along the Appalachian Trail. (p. 200)

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