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Harry C. Zinn - Associate Professor of Hotel, Restaurant, & Recreation Management, Penn State University Park

Book Title: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Author: Bill Bryson

Book Description:

I selected this book because it has been a tremendous hit in my undergraduate class (Recreation Resource Planning & Management). After several years of frustration with traditional textbooks, I found Bryson's best-selling account of his adventures and misadventures on the Appalachian Trail. It's a fast-moving narrative filled with both humor and insight about outdoor recreation. Bryson certainly didn't intend to write a textbook, but he addressed virtually every topic we cover in class, including visitor motivations, expectations, and behavior; recreation conflict; recreation impacts; and the role played by resource managers in facilitating and shaping visitors' experiences. I am very fortunate to be able to assign a book students read enthusiastically and respond to thoughtfully.


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