A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Book - 1998
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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. $150,000 first printing. Tour.

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

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780767902519
0767902513
Branch Call Number: 917.4 BRY
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 25 cm.

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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

Contriving to hike the Appalachian Trail, Bryson turns his droll wit on America. Joining him is the friend with whom he hitchhiked Europe in "Neither Here Nor There", now somewhat estranged and definitely out of shape. Together they are hopelessly out of their depth before even leaving the sporting goods store. They don't come anywhere close to hiking all 2,100 miles as planned, but Bryson delivers a charming observation of America, self-reliance, the environment, and friendship.

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PearlyKayAm1
Nov 25, 2017

A real half-and-half book. An extremely funny and entertaining half when he was talking about the preparation, the hike, and the people he was with (or met) on the trail coupled with an almost boring textbook half telling the history of the trees and area. I discerned a palpable dislike for the government incompetence when it comes to the forestry service.

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

ArapahoeRachel 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.

ArapahoeChristineS 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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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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