This is without a doubt the funniest and most popular book ever written about the Appalachian Trail. Bryson a famed American travel writer, who has lived in Britain for the last 20 years, decides to hike the AT with his childhood friend Stephen Katz. Katz, a recovering drug-aholic, is a comedy all by himself and serves as Bryson's comic foil in the woods. It is Bryson's intention to rediscover his country by walking the length of the east coast on this world famous trail. Bumbling, inept, and clueless would describe their hiking style, but Bryson is a master with words and just because he knows beans about hiking doesn't mean he can't write. Follow their misadventures along the trail as they learn just what long distance hiking is all about and Bryson reconnects with America. You will enjoy this one.Binding - Paper Weight - 9 oz Pages - 276 Publisher - Broadway Year - 1999 ISBN - 9780767902526.