A Walk in the Woods is a travel narrative that weaves history, ecology, economics, sociology, and biology throughout author Bill Bryson's ambitious pursuit of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Bryson is fast becoming one of my favorite non-fiction authors for his friendly optimistic personality and his prodigious use of words like 'agreeable' and 'splendid' and 'fetching'.
'It was called Bald Mountain Stream, but it was a river -broad, lively, strewn with boulders. It was exceedingly fetching- it glittered with dancing spangles in the early morning sun and was gorgeously clear . . . ' pg 355