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Destined to become a modern classic of travel literature, Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is at once an adventure, a comedy, and a celebration that you won't want to put down.
Bill Bryson has made a living out of traveling and then writing about it. In The Lost Continent he re-created the road trips of his childhood; in Neither Here nor There he retraced the route he followed as a young backpacker traversing Europe. When this American transplant to Britain decided to return home, he made a farewell walking tour of the British countryside and produced Notes from a Small Island. Once back on American soil and safely settled in New Hampshire, Bryson once again hears the siren call of the open road--only this time it's a trail. The Appalachian Trail, to be exact. In A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson tackles what is, for him, an entirely new subject: the American wilderness. Accompanied only by his old college buddy Stephen Katz, Bryson starts out one March morning in north Georgia, intending to walk the entire 2,100 miles to trail's end atop Maine's Mount Katahdin. If nothing else, A Walk in the Woods is proof positive that the journey is the destination. As Bryson and Katz haul their out-of-shape, middle-aged butts over hill and dale, the reader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passes through. Whether you plan to make a trip like this one yourself one day or only care to read about it, A Walk in the Woods is a great way to spend an afternoon. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. The New York Times Book Review, Dwight Garner ...a satirist of the first rank, one who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Vargo Outdoors
This is without a doubt the funniest and most popular book ever written about the Appalachian Trail. Bryson a famed American travel writer, who has lived in Britain for the last 20 years, decides to hike the AT with his childhood friend Stephen Katz. Katz, a recovering drug-aholic, is a comedy all by himself and serves as Bryson's comic foil in the woods. It is Bryson's intention to rediscover his country by walking the length of the east coast on this world famous trail. Bumbling, inept, and clueless would describe their hiking style, but Bryson is a master with words and just because he knows beans about hiking doesn't mean he can't write. Follow their misadventures along the trail as they learn just what long distance hiking is all about and Bryson reconnects with America. You will enjoy this one.Binding - PaperPages - 276Publisher - BroadwayYear - 1999ISBN - 9780767902526.
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