Book Review | A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson (1998)

It is a truly astounding sight when every tree in a forest becomes individual; where formerly had sprawled a seamless cloak of green, there now stood a million bright colors.

Probably the book I most enjoyed reading this year. Bill Bryson is my new favorite author. His non-fiction is a hoot, but with real heart. Walking stick in hand, the author of Notes From a Small Island sets off down the Appalachian Trail. His traveling companion is an overweight, junk food eating, out-of-shape chum from college. Together they drop loads of cash at the local outfitter, lace up their hiking boots and head down the trail, sincere in their attempt to hike all 2,100 miles of it. What results is a reflective and humorous narrative of Bryson’s spring-to-fall adventure.

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