A Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson
(Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780767902519, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 1998
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"A Walk in the Woods" showcases Bryson at the height of his comic powers. Meeting up with characters such as Beulah and her fearsome husband, "Bubba T. Flubba," readers risk snakebite and hantavirus to trudge through swollen rivers, traipse up mountainsteps, and develop a new reverence for cream sodas and hot showers. But Bryson also uses his acute powers of observation to conjure a poignant backdrop of silent forests and sparkling lakes, thereby making a gentle but unforgettable plea for the ecological treasures we are in danger of losing. Fresh, illuminating, and uproariously funny, "A Walk in the Woods" is travel writing at its very best.