A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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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 lakes--and 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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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 123 x 156 x 23mm | 154g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0147523605
  • 9780147523600
  • 697,323

About Bill Bryson

BILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home, and One Summer. He lives in England with his wife.
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The best way of escaping into nature.
" New York Times
Bryson is . . . great company right from the start a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and . . . Dave Barry...[Readers] may find themselves turning the pages with increasing amusement and anticipation as they discover that they're in the hands of a satirist of the first rank who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio.
" New York Times Book Review"
A terribly misguided and terribly funny tale of adventure...choke-on-your-coffee funny.
" Washington Post Book World"
"A Walk in the Woods" is an almost perfect travel book.
" Boston Globe
The Appalachian Trail...consists of some five million steps, and Bryson manages to coax a laugh, and often an unexpectedly startling insight, out of every one he traverses...It is hard not to grin idiotically through all304 pages...sheer comic entertainment.
" Kirkus Reviews""
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268,105 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 36% (96,813)
4 40% (106,003)
3 19% (51,202)
2 4% (10,461)
1 1% (3,626)
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