A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Many of us have taken a hike, or what we would call a hike. The Appalachian Trail spans the length of Georgia to Maine and includes wonderful vistas, waterways and forests. If you really want to take a hike, this is the place to do it. When Bill Bryson decided to take this hike he really didn’t know what he was getting into, but it eventually got in his system and he craved the experiences found inside.
A Walk in the Woods could not have been more entertaining or educational. Bryson has used a writing style that will continually bring the reader along his journey with him. When I first started the book I thought I had read it (I was thinking of A Walk Across America), but even though they may be similar they are definitely separate works that can be enjoyed on their own merit. This book was written almost 20 years ago, but the ecological and political issues that affect this landscape should still be at the forefront of America’s mind. The movie adaptation of this book came out this fall and I highly encourage readers to finish the book BEFORE watching the movie.
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