With a wacky worldview -- and wanderlust -- that garners him comparisons to everyone from Chaucer to Dave Barry, Bill Bryson entertains readers around the world with his travelogues and riffs on the intricacies of language.
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Des Moines, Iowa
B.A., Drake University, 1977
National Library Association Readers' Choice Award, 1999
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|A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail|
From our editors: "Bryson, whose previous travelogues The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, and Notes from a Small Island have garnered the author quite a following, now returns to his native United States after more than two decades of living abroad. In order to rediscover America by, as he puts it, "going out into an America that most people scarcely know is there," he set out to walk, in the company of Stephen Katz, his college roommate and sometime nemesis, the length of the Appalachian Trail. His account of that adventure is at once hilarious, inspiring, and even educational."
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|In an interview with Salon, Bryson discussed a challenge that often faces him when chronicling his travels. "The parts that I always struggle over are the parts where I'm describing the landscape and describing the way things look -- particularly if it's beautiful," he explains. "It's much easier for me to describe something that's ugly. Then you don't have all these clichés tumbling out at you."