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A Walk in the Woods

Bryson, Bill (Audiobook CD - 1998 )
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A Walk in the Woods
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"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town." So begins Bill Bryson's hilarious book A Walk in the Woods. Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The AT, as it's affectionately known to thousands of hikers, 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 test his own powers of ineptitude, and 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 who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail. Once Bryson and Katz settle into their stride, it's not long before they come across the fabulously annoying Mary Ellen, whose disappearance ruins a perfectly good slice of pie, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies from whom Katz appropriates a key piece of equipment, and a security guard in Pennsylvania who, for no ascertainable reason, impounds Bryson's car. Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers walk America, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, and everything else this awe-inspiring country can throw at them. 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 fragile and beautiful 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, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.
Authors: Bryson, Bill
Title: A walk in the woods
[sound recording]
Publisher: [New York] : Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Pub., p1998
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr.) :,digital, stereo. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Bryson
Notes: Abridged
Compact disc
BDD Audio: BDDAP 865A
ISBN: 9780553455922
0553455923
Branch Call Number: CD- 917.4 B916wa
Performers: Read by the author.
Subject Headings: Appalachian Region Description and travel Bryson, Bill Travel Appalachian Region
Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Publisher No: BDDAP 865A BDD Audio
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Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail. A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful ... Read More »

Bill Bryson decides to walk the entire Appalachian trail in order to get to know America and nature better. The journey also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.


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