Bill Bryson Readalikes

Find a fresh perspective in a travel narrative. If you liked Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, try one of these titles, similarly replete with humor and insight.  All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Bergeijk, Jeroen van. My Mercedes Is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou-- An Auto-Misadventure across the Sahara. 2008. (916.604 B).

Blount, Roy. Feet on the Street: Rambles around New Orleans. 2005. (917.6335 B).
     Also available: CD

Buckley, Christopher. Washington Schlepped Here: Walking in the Nation's Capital. 2003. (917.5304 B).

Cahill, Tim. Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park. 2004. (978.752 C).
     Also available: CD

Christmas, Jane. Incontinent on the Continent  My Mother, Her Walker, and Our Grand Tour of Italy. 2009. (914.504 C).

Chynoweth, Kate, ed. The Risks of Sunbathing Topless: And Other Funny Stories from the Road. 2005. (910.4082 R).

Conroy, Frank. Time and Tide: A Walk through Nantucket. 2004. (974.497 C).
     Also available: CD

Engelhard, Michael, ed. Hell's Half Mile: River Runners' Tales of Hilarity and Misadventure. 2004. (797.121 H).

Ferguson, Will. Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada. 2004. (917.104 F).

Haddock, Doris. Granny D: Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year. 2001. (917.304929 H).

Halliday, Ayun. No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned too Late. 2003. (910.4 H).

Hawks, Tony. Round Ireland with a Fridge. 2000. (914.150482 H).

Hester, Elliott. Adventures of a Continental Drifter: An Around-the-world Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food. 2005. (910.41 H).

Heuer, Karsten. Walking the Big Wild: From Yellowstone to the Yukon on the Grizzly Bears' Trail. 2004. (910.4 H).

Horwitz, Tony. Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before. 2002. (910.92 H).

Idle, Eric. The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America. 2005. (792.7028 I).

Lansky, Doug. The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel. 2010. (910.40207 L).

Leo, Jennifer L., ed. Sand in My Bra: And Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write from the Road. 2003. (910.4082 S).

Orion, Doreen. Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own. 2008. (917.304 O).

Orlean, Susan. My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere. 2004. (910.4 O).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

O'Rourke, P.J. Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hellbending, Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed to Be--with an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank Mowing Our Lawn. 2009. (818.54 O743.dr).

Palahniuk, Chuck. Fugitives & Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon. 2003.
(917.954904 P).

Price, Catherine. 101 Places Not to See Before you Die. 2010. (910 P).

Quindlen, Anna. Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City. 2004. (820.99421 Q).

Rapoport, Roger, Bob Drews, and Kim Klescewski, ed. I Should Have Gone Home: Tripping Up Around the World. 2005. (910.4 I).

Shukert, Rachel. Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour. 2010. (B S5623.ev).

Theroux, Paul. Dark Star Safari, Overland from Cairo to Capetown. 2003. (916.04329 T).      Also available on CD.

Thompson, Chuck. To Hellholes and Back : Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism. 2009. (910.4 T).

Vowell, Sarah. Assassination Vacation. 2005. (973.099 V).
     Also available: CD

Wren, Christopher. Walking to Vermont: From Times Square into the Green Mountains. 2004. (974.044 W).