Thursday, January 19, 2012
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
I have loved everything Bill Bryson has published, but A Walk in the Woods is my favorite. Bryson is middle aged and decidedly un-fit when he attempts to hike the Appalachian trail with his friend Steven Katz. Bryson's fears about being eaten by bears, his descriptions of crazy hikers they meet on the trail and many other anecdotes make this one of the funniest books I have read in a very long time. Katz has to be one of the most entertaining, if a bit maddening, characters you will ever come across. You will also learn a great deal about the history of the trail as well as interesting facts about the history and geography of the states the trail goes through. All told in Brysons witty and amusing manner, of course!
Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Into Thin Air by John Krakaeur