Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Review: A Walk In The Woods

A Walk In The Woods is Bill Bryson's description of his hike along the Appalachian Trail. It's absolutely classic Bryson. Which is to say it's part travel journal, part educational text and part gut-busting-laugh-out-loud-till-you-cry story. Yeah, it's that good. If you have any interest in hiking, travel, or laughing, you need to read this book.

The previous Bryson book I read was The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, and while it was good, I found it a bit too cynical and biting at times. But not a Walk In The Woods - it seemed to find the right balance between kvetching, admiration, and everything in between.

I'm probably a little biased, as I'd put Bryson as one of my top 5 writers to read. He could probably write out the local telephone directory, and I'd be eager to read it.

Check out this book, and tell me you aren't eager to hit the trail?

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