For some reason I love hiking memoirs even though I’ve never been hiking. Why is that, do you suppose?
Anyway, here are three of my favorites.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
I picked this up on a whim from the Borders “buy two get one free” table many years ago because I liked the cover. Little did I know I was helping myself to a tome by someone who would become my favorite writers of all time. OF ALL TIME! Everything Bill Bryson writes is gold. He has a book about the history of houses that I’ve read twice in quick succession. But it’s his travel writing that makes me lightheaded with envy — jealous of the places he’s going, and the way he’s writing.
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
This I bought for the Kindle because it was on sale for $3.99. It shouldn’t be interesting — it’s pretty much a straight travelogue — but it is! I was rapt! TELL ME ABOUT HOW THE TENT WAS A LITTLE HARD TO SET UP TODAY, DAVE!
After reading these two books, the Appalachian Trail is squarely on my to-do list. I may have to toughen up a bit first, but surely only a little.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Everybody — including Oprah — is crazy for this book right now, and I have to say I liked it a lot, though it’s my third-favorite of the ones listed here. She talks a lot about her feelings and really, I just wanted to hear about her water pump.