Bill Bryson – A Walk in the Woods Book Review

Bill Bryson – A Walk in the Woods Book Review

Bill Bryson – A Walk in the Woods Book Review
A Walk In The Woods - Author Bill Bryson

A Walk In The Woods – Author Bill Bryson

 Bill Bryson’s,  A Walk in the Woods is for everyone who has ever dreamed of walking the Appalachian Trail but knows in the back of  their mind that it is not going to happen. 

If you are the kind of hiker who has actually considered going with less water just so you could fit in a bottle of wine then this book is for you.

Bill Bryson moved to a small town in New Hampshire after living abroad for twenty years. He and his college roommate, Stephen Katz, decide to rediscover America by walking the Appalachian Trail (hence the title). Neither Bill Bryson nor Stephen Katz is in any shape to even consider such an undertaking, but consider it they do. A Walk in the Woods is the story of their hilarious adventures and encounters when they attempt to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Train from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

Bill Bryson’s, A Walk in the Woods is the perfect book to read or listen to whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood or are preparing to follow in these two intrepid souls footsteps on the AT (as the Appalachian Trail is known).

If you want to a great place to go hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, I recommend Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia which you can read about on our site by clicking this link.

Living in Georgia, I have hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail.

Every now and then I will get the notion in my head that I should try to walk the whole thing or a friend will make the suggestion, generally after we feel self-righteous for having walked 6 miles non-stop. But I know and they know that the snakes alone will prevent us from ever spending a night in the woods. Instead, we will be content to enjoy the visual picture that Bill Bryson paints.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson mixes wit and humor while telling a history of the trail and describing the wilderness and beauty of the Appalachian Trail.

Bill Bryson shows us that it is possible to make the argument for preservation of wilderness while laughing at ourselves for our often inept attempts to survive without the conveniences of modern day life that most of us enjoy.  This book is laugh-out-loud funny so make sure if you are reading A Walk in the Woods in public that you let other people in on the joke.

Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods Book

Amazon gives you a few chapters so you can preview the book for free by clicking here or clicking on the book picture

The audio CD is really perfect for listening to while driving on a trip.  You laugh away the miles with this gifted storyteller.

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  1. Jane 9 years ago

    This is my favorite hiking book. However, It actually “uninspired” me from ever walking the Appalachian Trail. The trail is grueling.

    His stories were very funny.

  2. Ann 9 years ago

    My husband’s co-worker gave us the audio to listen to on vacation. Using toilet paper as coffee filters and flinging his supplies over a cliff made us LOL. We repeat many of the stories for friends when they bring up the Appalachian Trail.

    We missed Stephen’s antics when he stopped hiking. Seeing what he would do next was the best part of the book.

  3. Carolyn 9 years ago

    What I liked about the book is that it was about regular guys who weren’t prepared for their amazing adventure together. It was a good combination of humor and educational facts the Appalachian Trail.

    Interesting to learn how hikers take breaks in civilization along the trail.

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