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A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods
Author: Bill Bryson
Stretching from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail offers some of America's most breathtaking scenery. After living for many years in England, Bill Bryson moved back to the United States and decided to reacquaint himself with his country by taking to this uninterrupted "hiker's highway." Before long, Bryson and his infamous walking companio...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780767902519
ISBN-10: 0767902513
Publication Date: 5/4/1998
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 115 ratings
Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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Page5 avatar reviewed A Walk in the Woods on
Helpful Score: 4
Great book! I loved all of the facts and information about the Appalachian Trail and the task of completing the journey. Many humorous asides about the shopping for the trek and the "what ifs" that could happen along the trail. His companion for much of the hike, Katz, was a total crack up! I have to admit that the book lagged for me a little about 2/3 of the way through but overall it was very good.

I've become a fan of Bryson's - I like his humor :-)
booksquirrel avatar reviewed A Walk in the Woods on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Refreshing. Hilarious! Very informative. Makes me want to hike the Appalachian Trail myself, but I feel like I did mostly because Bill Bryson writes in such crisp detail.

I picked this up and was instantly hooked. I love non-fiction travel accounts, and this was top notch. Not only is it filled with so much information that I feel confident I could brave the AT now, but the witty banter between Bryson and his cohort, Stephen Katz, is so freaking funny. The hilarity that ensues the whole time they are together, the mixture of friends they make along the way, the facts, the stories Bryson tells within the story, his cleverly pitched campaigns to the reader about better treatment of America's natural and historic legends are just a few more reasons why this book is so entertaining. Bryson's writing is so genuine and heartfelt. Very pleasant to read!

I think I will get the audio book for fun. I really loved this book, and I think I'll appreciate it even more hearing it told by the author himself. I'll probably laugh till I burst while I'm listening. I can't wait!
scarymary avatar reviewed A Walk in the Woods on
Helpful Score: 2
As a hiker and a lover of humorous writing, this is my all time favorite non-fiction book!! Absolutely gut busting funny and informative at the same time. I will never hike the AP trail (I have this annoying thing called a JOB that I need to keep and make money to pay bills) it is still a very eye - opening book about the trail, it's history, and some of it's highlights.
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Helpful Score: 1
loved it
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Helpful Score: 1
VEry good story about the author walking the Appalation trail. Really brings the task into perspective.
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reviewed A Walk in the Woods on + 3 more book reviews
My partner and I have just started to enjoy hiking. We haven't tackled anything like the Appalachian Trail, nor do we anticipate doing so anytime in the near future. Perhaps something more like the Camino to start with.

Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed A Walk in the Woods. Bill Bryson pivots from hiking experiences, to trends and historical data, to comedic episodes with Katz, his partner, and other characters along the way. Making the whole read most enjoyable.

I found myself taking passages and rereading them to the family, and us all having a chuckle together. His portrayal of the mind of the Moose from page 241 being a great example.

I loved the book and recommend it, to all but the hardened hikers.
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Hilarious! And informative. Some good examples of what NOT to do. Presents a real view of life on the trail.
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A little slow in places, but still a very funny Bryson book!


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