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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson (narrator) and Bill Bryson
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date June 1, 1998
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553455922
ISBN-10 0553455923
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 5 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $30.00
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Summary
Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town."

So begins Bill Bryson's hilarious book A Walk in the Woods.  Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The AT, as it's affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.  

For a start, there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail.  Once Bryson and Katz settle into their stride, it's not long before they come across the fabulously annoying Mary Ellen, whose disappearance ruins a perfectly good slice of pie, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies from whom Katz appropriates a key piece of equipment, and a security guard in Pennsylvania who, for no ascertainable reason, impounds Bryson's car.  Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers walk America, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, and everything else this awe-inspiring country can throw at them.  

But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike.  Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness.  An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

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Hardcover
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Paperback
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Mti edition from Anchor Books (August 18, 2015)
9781101970881 | details & prices | 397 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.44 lbs | List price $7.99
This edition also contains Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
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Mti edition from Broadway Books (July 28, 2015)
9781101905494 | details & prices | 276 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $15.99
This edition also contains Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
About: SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.
CD/Spoken Word
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Abr mti edition from Random House (July 28, 2015)
9780147523600 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.34 lbs | List price $30.00
This edition also contains Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
About: SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.
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from Random House (June 1, 1998)
9780553455922 | details & prices | 5.75 × 5.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.

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