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What the community says about A Walk in the Woods
- "I'm a sexagenarian who, on a recent vacation, happened to walk out and back on the first three miles or so of the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (Springer Mtn, GA) and, in a fit of exhilaration, decided then and there that I would, by golly, hike the AT before I died. I was even so foolish to announce this on social media, which provoked a flood of suggestions that, before making any rash decisions, I read Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods." And so I did. Having years ago read and enjoyed his "Notes from a Small Island," I was not surprised that "A Walk" kept me chuckling--sometimes laughing uproariously. Nor was I surprised by Bryson's skillful wordcraft--the man is a masterful phrase turner. And yet there's more. As I was joyfully entertained by his incisive sense of humor, I was simultaneously and seriously learning history, biology, geology (and several other -ologies) as well as being discomfitted by Bryson's documentation of our culture's dismissive practices regarding ecology. Bill Bryson is very witty, to be sure, but he's also very knowledgeable, does thorough research, and subsequently marshals and seamlessly expresses what he's learned. In other words, he's a very good teacher. I much recommend this book. And, yes, I'm still planning to hike the AT."
- "The Appalachian Trail is in my backyard and one day I want to hike it. I thought this book would be a great way to start planning my trip and it was everything I expected and more! Bryson is a witty and sometimes down-right hilarious author. The book had all the information I expected it to have but was told to me as if I were in conversation with the funniest friend I've ever had. I highly recommend it!"
- "A Walk in the Woods isn't just set in Vermont, it's set in much of the eastern US. A fascinating look at America, this book tells the true tale of two men who hike 2,100 miles across the eastern USA. A must-read for any fan of americana, this book is equal parts fascinating, heartfelt, and hilarious!"
- "This comic book is amazing, it describes a very special story, it engages your imagination completely inside the story, and you will read every page of this book with passion and you will create a king of sympathy for the the characters described on it. and i am sure you will love this book and you will find it very entertaining.. "
- "The Appalachian Trail 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. A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson."
- "I've read several books about people who took long walking journeys for self-discovery, the best being Jerry Ellis's "Walking the Trail." This book is similar in that it is an autobiography of someone who wanted to discover his country, but it is also very funny."
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- "The Appalachian Trail 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 Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in)."
- "A Walk in the Woods is a classic in every sense of the word. Two men hiking one of the longest trains in the world, and discovering everything the American wilderness has to offer. It can be a slog to read at times, but most of the time is very insightful. It's not really a book about world exploration, but in exploring this one trail, these guys explore the core of what makes one country what it is."
- "I usually don't read memoirs because I find them boring, but this one was recommended by my friend. It was hilarious and super entertaining! Bill Bryson does a great job covering his travels on the Appalachian Trail, as well as touching on some history. Well worth a read!""Without a doubt one of the most popular books about hiking. This book is so surreal and can say it could be better than fiction so it works. Amazing reviews, extremely popular and widely acclaimed say this is one of the best."
- "I'm probably not the target audience for this book, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I decided to buy it after catching the movie during a flight. It's a lighthearted, fun read. The author has a way with words and really makes you feel like you're along for the hike. "