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A Walk in the Woods:

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

by Bill Bryson

Book Review

Cover of the book.

This excruciatingly funny novel details Bill Bryson’s attempt to hike the monster 2,178 mile Appalacian Trail that runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia all the way up to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Bill invites an old friend to join him on the trek, one who he'd traveled through Europe with many years ago. Actually, they hadn't really gotten along then and things aren't much different when Katz arrives at an airport in New England overweight, diabetic. and much to Bills dismay -- in search of donuts.

The two of them eventually embark on an epic hike only to discover how ill-prepared the two of them truely are. Some of the narration Bill gives of the characters he runs into and (about Katz’s behavior) will make you laugh so hard that you will cry. In fact, this book is almost too funny to read in a public place. Between the random bursts of laughter and wiped tears just about everyone is bound to embarass themselves. This book is very highly recommended.

Related Links

  • - Great site for hikers of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Bill Bryson – Official website for Bill Bryson at his publisher Random House.