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A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1998. ©1998
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Bryson share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend. The two encounter eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way.
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Genre/Form: Young adult nonfiction
Travel writing
Named Person: Bill Bryson; Appalachian trail; Natural history; Bill Bryson; Bill Bryson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 0767902513 9780767902519 9780767902526 0767902521 0307279464 9780307279460 1101905492 9781101905494 9781619834484 1619834480 110197088X 9781101970881
OCLC Number: 37903447
Description: 276 pages : map ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Bill Bryson.
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Bryson share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend. The two encounter eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way.

Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The "AT" offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with Bryson's comic genius, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. For a start there's his gloriously out-of-shape buddy from Iowa who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail. Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers survive the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies, and a security guard who, for no reason, impounds Bryson's car. But Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is a modern classic of travel literature.--Adapted from book jacket.

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<h3 class="item-title" style="font-size: 14.3000001907349px; margin: 0px 0px 5px;">Bryson does a great job of mixing humor, AT experiences, and history of the area. One minute you are hearing about the difficulties of the trail and the next learning about the historical-human...
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