The Traveling Book Group is meeting to discuss A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson on Thursday, February 4 at 7:00.
From Booklist: After living abroad, Bryson decides to reacquaint himself with America by walking the famed Appalachian Trail, which traverses 14 states and stretches 2,100 miles. He recruits his ne’er-do-well chum Stephen Katz, his traveling companion in Neither Here nor There (1991). They hadn’t gotten along on that European trip, and this time Katz shows up extremely overweight, toting 75 pounds of Snickers bars. He is hardly a good choice for a hiking partner, but Bryson is happy just to have someone along to share the often difficult experience (and Katz does prove to be a very funny man). They set out from Amicalola Falls State (GA) Park carrying the official Appalachian Trail guides consisting of 11 books and 59 maps, which proved “monumentally useless.” Although they fail to walk the entire trail (indeed, Katz falls behind almost immediately), Bryson’s book is a marvelous description and history of the trail and the mountains, providing an informal record of the trail’s founding and many of its hikers. Bryson’s great good humor makes this a journey worth taking.
Copies of the book are available at the library, and all are welcome to join the discussion. This book group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00.