A Walk in the Woods



Subtitle Rediscovering America On The Appalachian Trail The Appalachian Trail Stretches From Georgia To Maine And Covers Some Of The Most Breathtaking Terrain In America Majestic Mountains, Silent Forests, Sparking Lakes If You Re Going To Take A Hike, It S Probably The Place To Go And Bill Bryson Is Surely The Most Entertaining Guide You Ll Find He Introduces Us To The History And Ecology Of The Trail And To Some Of The Other Hardy Or Just Foolhardy Folks He Meets Along The Way And A Couple Of Bears Already A Classic, A Walk In The Woodswill Make You Long For The Great Outdoors Or At Least A Comfortable Chair To Sit And Read In.A Walk in the Woods

William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bil William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson s hilarious first travel book, he chronicled a trip in his mother s Chevy around small town America It was followed by Neither Here Nor There, an account of his first trip around Europe Other travel books include the massive bestseller Notes From a Small Island, which won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book which best represented modern England, followed by A Walk in the Woods in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from Neither Here Nor There, made a welcome reappearance , Notes From a Big Country and Down Under.Bill Bryson has also written several highly praised books on the English language, including Mother Tongue and Made in America In his last book, he turned his attention to science A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, before going on to win the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize His next book, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, is a memoir of growing up in 1950s America, featuring another appearance from his old friend Stephen Katz October 8 sees the publication of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything .

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 397 pages
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 03 September 2017
  • 0307279464

10 thoughts on “A Walk in the Woods

  1. says:

    It s been a busy couple of weeks, so I thought I d spent the last of my holiday indulging in a witty travelogue to set my feet itching Unfortunately, I picked the wrong book Years of declining the advice of the Bryson worshipers, it seems, was not in vain.I m halfway through, and like the author on the daunting trail am unsure as to whether or not I can finish my task Bryson sounds, to put it mildly, a real jerk He s smug and superior, and spends most of the book complaining about his co It s been a busy couple of weeks, so I thought I d spent the last of my holiday indulging in a witty travelogue to set my feet itching Unfortunately, I picked the wrong book Years of declining the advice of the Bryson worshipers, it seems, was not in vain.I m halfway through, and like the author on the daunting trail am unsure as to wheth...

  2. says:

    I am what some might call a pussy hiker I do genuinely enjoy a leisurely stroll in the mountains of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire I like the pretty views I always bring my conveniently sized L.L Bean backpack 39.95 from the Kittery Outlets so I have a place for my camera and cell phone But by early afternoon, I would like to be done, please I would like to be done and sitting at a booth in a pub with my burger and beer Camping is certainly worthy of consideration, but here I am what some might call a pussy hiker I do genuinely enjoy a leisurely stroll in the mountains of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire I like the pretty views I always bring my conveniently sized L.L Bean backpack 39.95 from the Kittery Outlets so I have a place for my camera and cell phone But by early afternoon, I would like to be done, please I would like to be done and sitting at a booth in a pub with my burger and beer Camping is certainly worthy of consideration, but here s the deal I don t do rain In light of the fact that weather reports are unreliable beyond a 48 hour window and even that is pushing it in New Engla...

  3. says:

    I kind of surprised I liked this book at all, because a I read pathetically little non fiction b I ve never read a travelogue ANDc I m only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I m safely Indoors.So, color me shocked that I not only finished this, but giggled my way through quite a bit of it Bryson really is a pretty funny writer, and the way he captured his experience on the Appalachian Trail had me in tears a few times His fears about getting mauled by a bear among other things befor I kind of surprised I liked this book at all, because a I read pathetically little non fiction b I ve never read a travelogue ANDc I m only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I m safely Indoors.So, color me shocked that I not only fini...

  4. says:

    I wanted to like Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Not sure what I was expecting from this perhapsabout hiking on the actual AT and the reasons Bryson made this trek but I was mostly disappointed It read like a series of travel brochures here s the history of the region on this section of the trail, and now another There was muchattention devoted to towns along the route than hiking the actual trail It was also disappointing that Br I wanted t...

  5. says:

    Bill Bryson calls the Appalachian Trail the grandaddy of long hikes, but for me, this book is the granddaddy of hiking memoirs I first read it sometime around 1999, and I enjoyed it so much that not only have I reread this multiple times, but it also inspired me to read at least a dozen other hiking adventures None have matched Bryson s wit Before he started writing long books on various aspects of history, Bryson was known for his entertaining travelogues A Walk in the Woods was his humor Bill Bryson calls the Appalachian Trail the grandaddy of long hikes, but for me, this book is the granddaddy of hiking memoirs I first read it sometime around 1999, and I enjoyed it so much that not only have I reread this multiple times, but it also inspired me to read at least a dozen other hiking adventures None have matched Bryson s wit Before he started w...

  6. says:

    Undoubtedly an amusing, breezy read, full of the kind of fun and hilarity all the blurbs lead you to expect For instance, Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature Nonsense A moose is a cow drawn by a three year old That had me laughing on the train.I can t say I liked this book quite as much as some of my friends seem to On the one hand, I ve had at least 1 semi grueling backpacking experience with a companion who was wholly unprepared for a rigorous day Undoubtedly an amusing, breezy read, full of the kind of fun and hilarity all the blurbs lead you to expect For instance, Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature Nonsense A moose is a cow drawn by a three year old That had me laughing on the train.I can t say I liked this book quite as much as some of my friends seem to On the one hand, I ve had at least 1 semi grueling backpacking experience with a companion who was wholly unprepared for a rigorous day hike, let alone several of them on consecutive days, weighed down by tents, bags, and water, except my experience was less hilarious andinfuriating even in retrospe...

  7. says:

    Going into this book, I really had no idea of what to expect from Bill Bryson Even though I picked this book up based on Diane s terrific review , I had never read the author before and let s face it blurbs on the cover only tell you so much You have to read and live with an author s prose to get a feel for it As far as travelogues go, I don t read many Paul Theroux, Mark Twain and Steinbeck s Travels with Charley are the only ones that come to min Going into this book, I really had no idea of what to expect from Bill Bryson Even though I picked this book up based on Diane s terrific review , I had never read the author before and let s face it blurbs on the cover only tell you so much You have to read and live with an author s prose to get a feel for it As far as travelogues go, I don t read many Paul Theroux, Mark Twain and Steinbeck s Travels with Charley are the only ones that come to mind So I plunged in and I m happy I did.Finding a rich source of humor Monty Python, Archer, S.J Pearlman, Deadpool is always like Christmas Day For me, humor has always been the fuel to motor through tough times and Mr Bryson delivers it by the tank full This book has a score of laugh out loud moments all weaved into Bryson s cultural and historical insights.Bryson lived abroad for years and upon returning to the United States decided to hike the Appalachian Trail The trail is over 2000 miles lo...

  8. says:

    A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail pressed all my favorite buttons Humor Adventure Danger Storytelling Nature Local personal interest Et cetera.I even liked that the author Bill Bryson is a American Brit ex pat transplant and thus an outsider giving his opinion as a stranger in a strange land Bryson s humorous, well researched, yet relaxed writing is what I always hope for when embarking upon a book like this.A trek upon the Appalachian Trail is supposed A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail pressed all my favorite buttons Humor Adventure Danger Storytelling Nature...

  9. says:

    Well, scratch the Appalachian Trail off my bucketlist Bryson sets off to walk the Appalachian trail with only an extremely overpriced backpack packed with equally ridiculously expensive gear , an old friend that he hadn t talked to in years and a will to find his next story He quickly realized that the months of preparation he conducted and the lack of months his friend prepared were not nearly adequate But on the plus side, he certainly found his story.As always, I absolutely enjoyed h Well, scratch the Appalachian Trail off my bucketlist Bryson sets off to walk the Appalachian trail with only an extremely overpriced backpack packed with equally ridiculously expensive gear , an old friend that he hadn t talked to in years and a will to find his next story He quickly realized that the months of preparation he conducted and the lack of months his friend prepared were not nearly adequate But on the plus side, he certainly found his story.As always, I absolutely...

  10. says:

    Find all of my reviews at After reading A Man Called Ove last week, I was afraid nothing would compare and I d be stuck in book hangover mode unless I picked something totally different from what I normally read I decided to go to the library website incognito in order to not get the typical porny recommendations made just for me and get the generally recommended ones instead Obviously A Walk In The Woods was a book that appeared on the list and I remember Find all of my reviews at After reading A Man Called Ove last week, I was afraid nothing would compare and I d be stuck in book hangover mode unless I picked something totally different from what I normally read I decided to go to the library website incognito in order to not get the typical porny recommendations made just for me and get the generally recommended ones instead Obviously A Walk In The Woods was a book that appeared on the list and I remembered way back when I was thinking about reading Wild a certain Georgia peach said I should read this instead because at least if I hated it she was almost certain I d at least get a couple of laughs And she was correct Right from the start Bryson declaresI wanted a little of that swagger that comes with being able to gaze at a far horizon through eyes of chipped granite and say with a slow, manly sniff, Yeah, I ve shit in the woodsI pretty much decided right at that point the author was probably my people To begin with he described his state of liv...

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