A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Book - 2007
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America-majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you're going to take a hike, it's probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you'll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way-and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2007
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307279460
Branch Call Number: 917.4 B916w 2007
Characteristics: 397 p. : map ; 18 cm


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At turns laugh-out-loud funny and infuriating, this book will make you feel as though you've gone on a long hike without ever having to lace your boots.

Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.

A witty, self-effacing, laugh-out-loud tale of two out of shape guys trying to follow through on the crazy notion that they can walk the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail.

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 Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America. If you're going to take a hike back east, it's probably the place to go. Bryson is a brilliant observer of people and he will make you laugh out loud, mostly as you see yourself in... Read More »

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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.

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

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.

Oct 12, 2016

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

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!

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!!!

Jul 04, 2016

Loved this book. Totally made me want to read other books by Bill Bryson. Not only that, the book made me want to walk the Appalachian Trail! This is a fantastic book to read at the cottage, on a plane, during a winter storm, pretty much anytime.

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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."

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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