A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

eBook - 2012
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Bryson share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend. The two encounter eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Doubleday Canada, 2012.
ISBN: 9780385674546
Characteristics: 1 online resource : maps


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A witty account of hiking the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail.

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ArapahoeJill Dec 19, 2018

This book sucked me in like a novel. It's a great tale about the author's summer hiking the Appalachian trail with his friend Katz, both equally out of shape and pretty much hiking beginners. This book made me laugh at every turn, with Bryson's wit and ability to describe the "characters" they meet along the way, including a few bears. Bryson's brand of humor is a bit snarky but good-natured. You get a sense of what it might be like to head out in the wilderness, meeting fellow hikers (all with their own nicknames) and longing for real food, which they sometimes enjoy on their stops into town. A wonderful jaunt into the travelogue genre, full of entertainment and information about the history and local ecology.

Aug 27, 2018

There are so many parts of this book that I laughed out loud. Bill Bryson is a great storyteller. A Walk In The Woods is a must read for anyone who has ever even thought about tackling the Appalachian Trail. It puts people in two categories, those who after reading this can't wait to start their own adventure. Or those (like me) who after reading of all the hilarious and sometimes scary mishaps, will stick to the local trails at the park.

Aug 07, 2018

A walk in the woods was a surprisingly fast read. Bill Bryson does a great job of integrating history, geography, and his story into an easy read. His part about the bears cracked me up. I will definitely not be hiking the Appalachian trail, but I enjoyed experiencing it through Bryson's book.

Jul 20, 2018

Most of the other commenters have covered my experience of Bryson's book on hiking the trail and I loved adding the geological notes on where he walked on the trail. also those who he met, the thru walkers, and the segment(?) walkers (and the lifetime walkers). As I read it, I had Bryson's "The Appalachian Trail" oversize picture book to look at and visualize the over 2,000 miles of country and trail. I recommend this book. And the hysterical comments that you have to share with anybody close by because he can be pretty funny. I have also enjoyed Wild about the Pacific Coast Trail and books (including Shirley McLain's) about the Spanish trail including talking with friends who have walked the trail in Spain.

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.

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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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."

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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