SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
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 lakesand 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. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. 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 has become a modern classic of travel literature.
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About the Author
Hometown:Hanover, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:1951
Place of Birth:Des Moines, Iowa
Education:B.A., Drake University, 1977
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I usually read Christian works so this was a read outside of my box. I always thought that hiking the Appalachian Trail would be a fun undertaking. However, after reading Bill Bryson’s account, I was happy to travel the trail with the author from my beach chair. This was a great read minus some of the language and some of the more graphic scene descriptions. Also, at time the author was over detailed in his writing. “A Walk In The Woods” was not what I expected it would be. For the most part, though, I enjoyed the book for the facts and information about the Appalachian Trail that was interspersed throughout the author’s account. This was not a favorite but that was more due to personal taste. The author is a great writer and I appreciate the work he put into creating “A Walk In The Woods.” "Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review."
I give this book 2 stars because it was supposed to be a book about "rediscovering america on the AT". When in fact he skips the smokie mountains. Why would i continue to read a book about someone who hiked MOST of the AT. That kind of annoyed me, but i tried to push past that. Then the never ending information Bill Bryson provides about all the trees, bugs, plants, and flowers makes this book feel more like homework than an enjoyable read. I tried to work past these things but i just couldnt finish it.