For Bill Bryson, it’s all about the journey

NPLibrarianRobert Redford’s long-awaited movie version of the bestseller A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, first announced in 2005, is now in production.

A Walk in the Woods

“A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson is available at the library in hardcover and downloadable audiobook.

Redford produced the film and stars as Bryson, with Nick Nolte playing Stephen Krantz, Bryson’s coarse and hilarious companion.

This is Bryson’s most widely read book. It’s the story of how he hiked the Appalachian Trail to rediscover his connection with the US after 20 years as an expatriate. In it, the reader learns a great deal about the history and ecology of the trail. The most memorable part, however, is the personal story of Bryson and his companion. The challenges, rewards, and humor in the journey make this a classic.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything Bryson seeks to answer life’s questions–all of life’s questions, in fact. He starts from the beginning, the Big Bang, and takes the reader through the story of the universe, the solar system, planet Earth and, well, everything.

In his pursuit of answers, we travel together on an adventure through all scientific disciplines and learn about the many important characters and discoveries that led us to the knowledge we have today.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

“A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson is available from the library in hardcover and audiobook on CD.

The book explores physics, geology, chemistry, and more. The strength of the work, though, is that it is written by a nonscientist for nonscientists. You’ll find A Short History of Nearly Everything illuminating, accessible, and exciting, even if you weren’t paying that much attention in your high school science class.

If you enjoy lucid and informative nonfiction written with humor and intelligence, check out any of Bryson’s books. He covers subjects like history, culture, ecology, travel, literature and more in his large body of work that includes In a Sunburned Country, Shakespeare: The World as Stage, Notes From a Small Island, One Summer: America, 1927, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, and many others.


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