A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Book - 1998
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A hilarious account of Bryson's 2,100-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767902526
Branch Call Number: 917.4 BRYSON
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 25 cm


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Bring a bit of levity to your life by following two unlikely and out-of-shape companions hiking the Appalachian Trail.

My dad is picky about the books he reads, but he thoroughly enjoys Bill Bryson books, particularly "A Walk in the Woods"! This book made him laugh out loud. ArapahoeJulia

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&quo... Read More »

ArapahoeStaff20 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.

ArapahoeChristineS Oct 13, 2016

What a fun read! The misadventures of Bryson and his out of shape companion left me in stitches. But wait, there's more! He also throws in information about things like the trail, its history, wildlife as well as commentary on the National Park Service and more. Very enjoyable.

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Oct 08, 2020

So funny - and yet a commentary on the losses of our world in terms of plant and animal life.

Aug 28, 2020

This was my second reading and I liked it better the second time around. Needing a great escape during the pandemic, I turned to this book after finding it at a neighborhood free little library. This trek is full of adventure, fun, harrowing and grueling times. Bryson is the most unlikely person to undertake such a colossal hike so I admire his determination and ability to cope with such a feat. His traveling companion Katz, equally the most unlikely Appalachian Trail hiker, steals the limelight with his great lines (I wish he would write his own book about this journey). Bryon also delves into the very interesting history of the Appalachian Trail and how it all came to be and the environmental issues it faces today. His descriptions of the trail and navigating it are intriguing. There are several laugh out loud moments in this book. What these two men do to get the job done is very compelling. Both men undergo a metamorphosis during their odyssey and are forever changed by their experience. I'm glad I read it again as I got more out of it this time. My hat's off to anyone who walks the AT, whether or not they complete it or not.

Jul 22, 2020

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Jun 27, 2020

I read this book to fulfill the goal read a book with twenty or more letters in the title. I have always wanted to hike on the Appalachian trail. i do not have any desire to hike the trail, but simply on it. that dream may shortly come true. I liked the book it was written with humor and some factual information. i would read another by this author

A comedic memoir of the author's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail the longest trail of it's type in North America. Besides the humor and story behind the trek the author has compiled an amazing number of scientific facts which he easily incorporates into the flow of the book.

Jul 01, 2019

There is some picturesque description here, if you can find it buried among all the snobbishness, sexism, and fat-shaming.

May 19, 2019

My absolute favorite of Bryson's books- and I love a lot of his work.

You just cannot beat the humor of his sidekick, Katz. The situations in which these two adventurers find themselves in on the trail and in these tiny America towns often made me laugh out loud. It was the perfect foil for the sections in the book where he lays out facts and biting commentary about nature, the National Parks system, and Americans.

I even read it with my 13 year old son and the humor and touching friendship that the two hikers developed sustained him through the other parts of the book that were a bit over his head.

This book is on my top 50 books.

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.

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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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