If you’re thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail and looking for a book to guide you in your planning and decision, this is not the book for you.
There are 2 types of Bryson book: Thematic and Narrative. Both are still funny, but one is clearly superior than the other. the first 40 pages are very funny, yet the rest are amusing rambling that goes toward the history of parks and the National Park Service. Most of the books is his observation about how man is causing environmental damage that may be irreparable.
However amusing his anecdote, this books does show how Bill Bryson is still learning the ropes so there’s some gems in there.