Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early seventies -- in search of enlightenment, beer and women. Over twenty years later, the acclaimed author of "Notes from a Small Island" and "A Walk in the Woods" decided to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth -- carrying with him a bag of maps, old clothes... and a stinging wit honed to razor sharpness by two decades of adult experience.
"A Walk in the Woods" (BDD Audio) describes Bryson attempt to reacquaint himself with his native USA by walking the Appalachian Trail, after living in Great Britain for nearly two decades. The trail offers an astonishing landscape of forests and lakes--and to comic writer Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the silliness of his fellow human beings.
With Stephen Katz, an out-of-shape buddy from Iowa, Bryson meets a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. A Walk in the Woods tells the history of the Appalachian Trail, makes a plea for the conservation of America's wilderness and is an adventure, a comedy, and a celebration.