A Walk in the Woods tells of Bryson’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail after discovering it in the woods near his house in New Hampshire.
Bryson recruits his acquaintance Katz out of fear of bear attacks, and the pair of them agree to tackle the 2100 mile route together. They buy new outdoor kit and set off full of optimism, which lasts for around the first mile. By this stage food has been discarded at the side of the trail and the futility of what they are trying to achieve has set in.
A story of middle-aged men who set out on a tough physical challenge, it is told with the humour and small details that regularly punctuate Bryson’s books.