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2013-2014 Common Book: A Walk in the Woods   Tags: america, common_book, culture, earth, environment, geography, geology, recreation, travel, united_states  

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A Walk in the Woods - Common Book

Book Description:

"Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness."

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    Convocation - September 23 - 11:50

    President's Convocation - Common Book Kick-off Event
      Monday, September 23, 2013, 11:50 AM – 12:45 PM
      Common Book Kick-off Event. September 23, 11:50 - 12:45 - Clayton Performing Arts Center
      Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods"

    On Monday, September 23, 2013,from 11:50-12:45, the President will host the kick off event for the 2013-2014Common Book:

    Staff members of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will present the lore, legends, and history of the Appalachian Trail.

    All students, faculty, staff, and the community at large are invited to attend the first event in the Common Academic Experience for 2013-2014.

    A video recording of the convocation is available at the ETS blog site. (Google Chrome for Windows or Safari for Apple are recommended browsers for this site).


    Presentation - Oct. 17 - You and Me: Coexisting with Bears

    Video of Joel Zachry's presentation is available at the ETS blog.


    Common Book Movies - Fall 2013

    A Walk in the Woods - Movies Calendar


      Borrow book

      A Walk in the Woods,  the Pellissippi Campus Common Book, is available on reserve in the library and at satellite campus ERCs for reading while on campus.


      Events Calendar

      A Walk in the Woods - Events Calendar

      Watch recorded event again, or watch for first time.  If available, click on lecture link to view recorded event.


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