A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the by Bill Bryson

By Bill Bryson

Again in the US after two decades in Britain, invoice Bryson determined to reacquaint himself together with his local nation by means of jogging the 2,100-mile Appalachian path, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT deals an incredible panorama of silent forests and gleaming lakes--and to a author with the comedian genius of invoice Bryson, it additionally offers never-ending possibilities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a commence there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a blood brother from Iowa alongside for the stroll. regardless of Katz's overwhelming wish to locate comfortable eating places, he and Bryson finally settle into their stride, and whereas at the path they meet a strange collection of hilarious characters. yet A stroll within the Woods is greater than only a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a smart witness to this pretty yet fragile path, and as he tells its attention-grabbing historical past, he makes a relocating plea for the conservation of America's final nice wasteland. An event, a comedy, and a party, A stroll within the Woods is destined to develop into a contemporary vintage of trip literature.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail PDF

Best travel books

At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay

A wildly funny account of the author's travels throughout Paraguay–South America's darkly fabled, little-known “island surrounded through land. ”

Rarely visited through travelers and rarely touched via international village sprawl, Paraguay is still a secret to outsiders. examine this small kingdom and your brain is probably going to leap to Nazis, dictators, and football. Now, John Gimlette’s eye-opening book–equal components travelogue, heritage, and unorthodox trip guide–breaches the limits of this remoted land,” and illuminates a little-understood position and its people.

It is a superbly lively telling of Paraguay's tale: of cannibals, Jesuits, and sixteenth-century Anabaptists; of Victorian Australian socialists and proficient smugglers; of dictators and their mad mistresses; bloody wars and Utopian settlements; and of lives transplanted from Japan, Britain, Poland, Russia, Germany, eire, Korea, and the U.S.. the writer travels from the insular towns and cities of the east, alongside ghostly trails in the course of the geographical region, to arrive the Gran Chaco of the west: the “green hell” masking nearly two-thirds of the rustic, the place four percentage of the inhabitants coexists–more or very-much-less peacefully–with an enormous array of unique natural world that comes with jaguars, prehistoric lungfish, and their extra lately developed far away cousins, the good combating river fish. Gimlette visits with Mennonites and the indigenas, palms purchasers and real-estate tycoons, shopkeepers, govt bureaucrats and, after all, Nazis.

Filled with strange incident, interesting anecdote, and richly evocative aspect, on the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig is a superb description of a rustic of eccentricity and contradiction, of beguilingly individualistic women and men, and of unforeseen and remarkable good looks. it's a shiny, usually riotous, continuously attention-grabbing, trip.

Fodor's New Orleans 2016

New Orleans is a impressive, bright, bursting-at-the-seams, melting pot of a urban. even if tourists are traveling for the track or meals, to get to grasp humans or occasion all evening lengthy, or the entire above, Fodor's New Orleans is the guidebook that makes each journey the journey of an entire life.

Frommer's Portable New York City 2007 (Frommer's Portable)

The simplest little advisor to big apple. An insider's advisor to the simplest of latest York, from the Bronx (up) to the Battery (down) and the way to get all over in among. Outspoken reviews on what is worthy a while, and what is no longer. Off-the-beaten-path reviews and undiscovered gemstones, plus new takes on best points of interest (and the newest openings).

Frommer's Maine Coast

Thoroughly up to date, Frommer's Maine Coast good points in-depth insurance of the attractions and reviews that anticipate you. As an established New Englander, our writer hits the entire highlights, from the mountains of Acadia nationwide Park to outlet retailers and seashores of Maine's southern coast. he is looked at all of the most sensible inns and eating places in individual, and provides authoritative, candid experiences to help you locate the alternatives that fit your tastes and funds.

Extra info for A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Sample text

Bärengraben. # Summer: 9:30am– 5pm daily; winter: 9:30am–4:30pm daily. The seat of the canton and city of Bern’s legislative assemblies since it was built in 1406–16, the Rathaus is an attractive building with an elegant Gothic façade (see illustration on p49). Since the 15th century the Rathaus has undergone major restoration, and the ground floor was completely rebuilt in 1939–42. However, it still retains its authentic Gothic character, making it typical of Bernese architecture. The building is fronted by a double staircase with balustrades decorated with tracery.

Swiss Chocolate Among Swiss chocolate manufacturers whose brands became known worldwide in the 19th century was Philippe Suchard (1797–1884). 42 I N T R O D U C I N G S W I T Z E R L A N D THE INTER-WAR YEARS In 1920 Switzerland voted to join the newly formed League of Nations and, in tribute to the country’s neutrality, Geneva was chosen as the organization’s headquarters. While the 1920s had been a period of prosperity, Switzerland, like the rest of Europe, fell prey to the Depression of the early 1930s.

For hotels and restaurants in this region see p244 and pp268–9 B E R N Dans un Jardin Meridional This rare 1914 garden fantasy by Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) is a splendid example of his love for intense colour. 57 VISITORS’ CHECKLIST Hodlerstrasse 8–12. Tel 031 328 09 44. # 10am–9pm Tue, 10am–5pm Wed–Sun. ch First floor . Ad Parnassum Paul Klee produced this painting at a time when he was fascinated with Pointillism, painting with small dots of pigment. Blue Horse This painting by Franz Marc reflects the artist’s fondness for the colour blue and his love of horses, to which he ascribed great spirituality.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.75 of 5 – based on 31 votes
Posted In CategoriesTravel