The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas - Redneck country - Moonshine, Lil´ Abner, there´s bears in them thar hills. Remember the film Deliverance? God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake this gruelling hike. Perhaps it was just a long-held ambition to lose weight: he has lost two stone so far. As he recently wrote from the trail to his publisher: ´Speaking of vigorous exercise, boy have I just had some. Maine was a bitch. I want you to come back and walk it with me so that when you die if you go to hell you will be able to say: ´´Call this hell? Try walking across Maine in August.´´´ Reared in the tradition of Mark Twain, James Thurber and S.J. Perelman, Bryson used his many years in Britain to soak up a peculiarly English sense of irony and humour and to hone a laugh-out-loud style that is uniquely, hilariously, his own.
Harlequin® Special Edition brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! These are heartwarming, romantic stories about life, love and family. This Special Edition box set includes: A WYOMING CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER by Melissa Senate The Wyoming Multiples Stricken with temporary amnesia, Maddie Wolfe can´t remember a single thing about her life...or her husband, Sawyer. But even with electricity crackling between them, it turns out their fairy tale was careening toward disaster. Will a little Christmas spirit help Maddie find her memories—and the Wolfes find the spark again? THEIR UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS GIFT by Shirley Jump The Stone Gap Inn When a baby shows up in the kitchen of a bed-and-breakfast, chef Nick Jackson helps the baby´s aunt, Vivian Winthrop, create a makeshift family to give little Ellie a perfect Christmas. But playing family together might get more serious than either of them thought it could... HOLIDAY BY CANDLELIGHT by Laurel Greer Sutter Creek, Montana Avalanche survivor Dr. Caleb Matsuda is intent on living a risk-free life. But planning a holiday party with free-spirited mountain rescuer Garnet James tempts the handsome doctor to take a chance on love.