A Walk in the Woods
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A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
Humor
Aug 7, 2018
Waddling slothfully through middle age, popular travel writer Bill Bryson decided one day that he could do with a walk in the woods—a lengthy walk, in fact: 2,100 rugged miles along the celebrated Appalachian Trail (AT), the longest continuous footpath in the world. Did Bryson dare? Well, not only did he dare, but so too did his old friend, the roisterous Stephen Katz, beside whom Bryson looked like a buffed triathlete (“[Katz] had always been kind of fleshy, but now he brought to mind Orson Welles after a very bad night”). The pair’s steps and missteps along the AT are hilariously recounted, as is only to be expected from one of our funniest writers. But there’s something more at work here, a quality of heart arising from the fact that there’s somebody else to look out for on these travels (despite Katz’s comically aggravating ineptitudes); it’s the depiction of their friendship that makes A Walk in the Woods the prolific author’s most affecting and satisfying book.
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This book waddles slothfully, insult the south, stupid people, whine, complain. "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" is a much more thoughtful, interesting and insightful travelogue. Sorry I wasted my time on this one.
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Oct 28, 2018
I did love a Walk in the Woods, but having read all of Brysons other books, I think I prefer his autobio of growing up in Iowa (I was born and raised there as well) and Notes from A Small Island and the laugh out loud hilarious In A Sunburned Country.
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Oct 28, 2018
All of Bryson is worth the read
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Nov 28, 2018
Such a rare and entertaining voice.
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Dec 20, 2018
One of my all time favorites. I like alll his books but especially In a Sunburnt country)
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Absolutely hilarious.
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Laugh aloud funny
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very interesting - really liked this book
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Love Bill!
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Funny and fun.
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Fantastic view of an everyman's view of the Appalachian Trail. Truthful and hilarious.
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Very funny book ( all of his are good reads) about something I still want to do with my life.
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#1 favorite book. Have read it many times and will also be towards the top of books I want to read next.
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Apr 21
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Fantastic
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May 14
One of the funniest books I've ever read, and I've never been hiking in my life.
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Anything by Bryson...
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Jun 21
He's both laugh-out-loud funny and wise about our impact on the earth.
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Jul 13
Hilarious and yet somehow motivational
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