Book Review: A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By:  Bill Bryson

“From time to time I end up a long way from where I want to be.  But it makes life interesting.” ~ excerpt from A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the WoodsFor those who haven’t read a Bill Bryson book yet –A Walk in the Woods is a great one to start with. Bill Bryson has a great sense of humor to life and travel and his books always prove to be entertaining and witty. A Walk in the Woods is no exception but I was surprised by his relentless passion and determination to walk the Appalachian Trail and warmed by it as it verged on inspirational. I saw a whole new side to Bryson in this book.

A Walk in the Woods is Bryson’s account of his adventure in hiking Eastern US’s Appalachian Trail.  He tells of how the trail began, of its diverse plant life as well as the devastating loss of much of it.  He writes of the trail’s many inspiring thru hikers; the blind man, the fat man and the granny.  One thing is evident, Bryson beautifully captures and draws you in to the Appalachian Trail and all that it has to offer from stunning landscapes to hard times and every inch of wonder in between.

“At some point on each walk there comes a moment when I look up and notice, with a kind of first time astonishment, the amazing complex delicacy of the woods, the casual ease with which elemental things come together to form a composition that is – perfect.” ~ excerpt from A Walk in the Woods

Have you read A Walk in the Woods? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments below.


I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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5 Responses

  1. BoobOnARock says:

    Every spring when I put on my pack and set out for the first section hike of the season, I always, without fail, feel as though I am channeling Katz!! 🙂

  2. Matt says:

    My first encounter with Bryson’s writing was an excerpt from A Walk in the Woods in Readers Digest. I was reading it in the waiting room of my wife’s obstetrician’s office, and drew stares from all the pregnant women as I tried to control my laughter. Never had I been moved to actual tear of laughter in public to such an embarrassing extent. It’s one of my favorite memories.

  3. ItMatterstoGrey says:

    I loved the book, there were parts that had me in stitches and that was in the first 20 pages alone. His book, Tales of the Thunderbolt Kid is even better in my opinion.

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