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

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 201 x 23mm | 249g
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Media Tie In
  • 1101905492
  • 9781101905494
  • 1,223,259

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"Bryson is a very funny writer who could wring humor from a clammy sleeping bag." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like "A Walk in the Woods.""-"The New York Times" "A terribly misguided, and terribly funny tale of adventure.... The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny." -"The Washington Post" "Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud." -"Chicago Sun-Times" "Delightful." -"The Plain Dealer" "It's great adventure, on a human scale, with survivable discomforts, and, happily, everybody goes home afterwards." -"Times Picayune"
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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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4 39% (144,640)
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2 4% (14,992)
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