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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1997)

av Bill Bryson

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In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.… (mer)
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Bill Bryson doesn't have a driving plot. It really is a Walk in the Woods. But, it's the characters, the journey, the history, and the observations.

Reading Bill is like hanging out with someone that has lived an above average, but a thoroughly delightful adventure. ( )
  davehamptonusa | Nov 19, 2020 |
I would recommend. My mom & others raved that it was laugh-out-loud funny + informative. It's both. Sounds like they'd give it 5 stars, I'd say solid 4. Maybe because I was expecting so much, maybe because I was kind of rushing through, but it dragged a tad. There would be long passages of informative stuff followed by long passages of humorous anecdotes, so you didn't where you'd be at when you picked up the book. I didn't know anything about Appachian trail or hiking or US Parks system, so informative part was interesting thought maybe went on about 10% more than what I wanted/needed to know. All that said, would recommend for a laugh + some enlightenment on conservation. ( )
  dtscheme | Oct 18, 2020 |
When bestselling author, Bill Bryson, got the bright idea to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail for a new book, it sounded simple. However, thru-hiking is not for the faint of heart; thru-hiking means walking 2,200 miles of the AT from start to end. The only person remotely interested in tagging along on this challenge was Bryson’s old high school classmate, Stephen Katz.

After having parted ways decades earlier, the two friends couldn’t be more different. Bryson was married with children and a successful career, while Katz had spent time in jail and battled alcohol addiction. Although they got off to a rocky start, as the pair hiked together, Bryson’s journey to rediscover America became one of self-discovery and friendship, as well. Did they actually hike the AT? Well, that depends on who you ask. Check out this book and decide for yourself.

The Bottom Line: Together, Bryson and Katz, rediscover not only the America Bryson left behind so many years before, but a renewed friendship too. This travel memoir of perseverance, loyalty, patience, honesty, and respect is told in the author’s signature writing style with humor and an infusion of science, pop culture, history, keen observations, and personal experiences. At times I felt as if I was walking along the AT with them. Enthusiastically recommended for anyone who enjoys travelogues and humor with a sprinkle of fascinating facts and trivia. Also, highly recommended for hikers and nature lovers. (NOTE: Both the book and the movie have some strong language and sexual references.)

For the complete review including Book Club Notes, please visit the Mini Book Bytes Book Review Blog. ( )
  aya.herron | Sep 28, 2020 |
With a lot of humour, Bryson walks us through his Appalachian Trail adventures. I loved his honesty, observations and comments about the social, political, economic and geological events that shaped the trail through the decades. It was a good mix of personal and factual accounts with a solid dose of mixed emotions as he fell into pain, boredom, exaltation and much more. I can't say the book gave me the desire to try the trail but definitely it gave me the encouragement to put my hiking boots on again. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Aug 19, 2020 |
I echo the sentiments that this book was much better at the beginning than at the end. I love Bryson's ability to make non-fiction sound like fiction (and maybe some of his recollections are) and I find some of his stories truly hilarious. Admittedly he comes across as a bit of a judgmental ass at times and the smattering of facts throughout the book would have held more weight if he'd included citations. I was dissapointed that after talking extensively about how he missed the trail when he wasn't on it the book ends with not much more than a "do you want to go home?". I think Bryson could have benefited from some deeper reflection at this point so the ending felt more satisfactory to the reader. ( )
  mackinsquash | Aug 15, 2020 |
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Bryson's breezy, self-mocking tone may turn off readers who hanker for another ''Into Thin Air'' or ''Seven Years in Tibet.'' Others, however, may find themselves turning the pages with increasing amusement and anticipation as they discover that they're in the hands of a satirist of the first rank, one who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio.
 
[Bryson] was often exhausted, his ''brain like a balloon tethered with string, accompanying but not actually part of the body below.'' The reader, by contrast, is rarely anything but exhilarated. And you don't have to take a step.
 

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Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.
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“You all right?” I said. “Oh, peachy,” he replied. “Just peachy. I don’t know why they couldn’t have put some crocodiles in here and made a real adventure of it.”
The book to which I refer is Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance by a Canadian academic named Stephen Herrero. If this is not the last word on the subject, the I really, really, really do not wish to hear the last word. [Chapter 2]
Black bears rarely attack. But here's the thing. Sometimes they do. All bears are agile, cunning, and immensely strong, and they are always hungry. If they want to kill you and eat you, they can, and pretty much whenever they want. That doesn't happen often, but -- and here is the absolutely salient point -- once would be enough. [Chapter 2]
I wanted very much to be calmed by these assurances but could never quite manage the necessary leap of faith. After noting that just 500 people were attacked and hurt by black bears between 1960 and 1980 -- twenty-five attacks from a resident population of at least half a million bears -- Herrero adds that most of these injuries were not severe. "The typical black bear-inflicted injury," he writes blandly, "is minor and usually involves only a few scratches or light bites." Pardon me, but what exactly is a light bite? Are we talking a playful wrestle and gummy nips? I think not. And is 500 certified attacks really such a modest number, considering how few people go into the North American woods? And how foolish must one be to be reassured by the information that no bear has killed a human being in Vermont or New Hampshire in 200 years? That's not because the bears have signed a treaty, you know. There's nothing to say they won't start a modest rampage tomorrow. [Chapter 2]
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In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

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