Lizzie asked:

Bill reflects bout a couple of books he read in this book.....What were the names of them? I lent my copy out and never got it back.

Chris Don't forget Deliverance by James Dickey
Nancy One of my favorite:
Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance
by Stephen Herrero
Rosa Deliverance, Walking with Spring, Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, The Thru-Hiker's Handbook: Georgia to Maine, In Suspect Terrain, Into the Mountains: Stories of New England's Most Celebrated Peaks, Meditations at 10,000 Feet: A Scientist in the Mountains

This is the list at the end.

Attenborough, David. The Private Life of Plants. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.

Bailyn, Bernard. Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.

Brooks, Maurice. The Appalachians. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1986.

Bruce, Dan “Wingfoot.” The Thru-Hiker’s Handbook-Harpers Ferry, WV: Appalachian Trail Conference, 1995.

Cruikshank, Helen Gere, ed. John and William Bartram’s America: Selections from the Writings of the Philadelphia Naturalists. New York: Devin-Adair Co., 1957.

Dale, Frank. Delaware Diary: Episodes in the Life of a River. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Emblidge, David (ed.). The Appalachian Trail Reader. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Faragher, John Mack. Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1993.

Farwell, Byron. Stonewall: A Biography of General Thomas J. Jackson. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1993.

Foreman, Dave, and Howie Wolke. The Big Outside: A Descriptive Inventory of the Big Wilderness Areas of the United States. New York: Harmony Books, 1992.

Herrero, Stephen. Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance. New York: Lyons and Burford, 1988.

Houk, Rose. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993.

Long, Priscilla. Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry. New York: Paragon House, 1991.

Luxenberg, Larry. Walfang the Appalachian Trail. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1994.

Matthiessen, Peter. Wildlife in America. New York: Penguin Books, 1995.

McKibben, Bill. The End of Nature. New York: Anchor, 1990.

McPhee, John. In Suspect Terrain. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984.

Nash, Roderick. Wilderness and the American Mind. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

Parker, Ronald B. Inscrutable Earth: Explorations into the Science of Earth. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1984.

Peattie, Donald Culross. A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1991.

Putnam, William Lowell. The Worst Weather on Earth: A History of the Mount Washington Observatory. New York: American Alpine Club, 1993.

Quammen, David. Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature. New York: Avon Books, 1996.

Schultz, Gwen. Ice Age host. New York: Anchor, 1974.

Shaffer, Earl V. Walking with Spring: The First Solo Thru-Hike of the Legendary Appalachian Trail. Harpers Ferry, WV: Appalachian Trail Conference, 1996.

Stier, Maggie, and Ron McAdow. Into the Mountains: Stories of New England’s Most Celebrated Peaks. Boston: Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 1995.

Trefil, James. Meditations at 10,000 Feet: A Natural History of the Appalachians. New York: Macmillan, 1987.

Wilson, Edward O. The Diversity of Life. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 1992
Shara He actually mentioned a lot of books but here are a few: The Thru-Hiker's Handbook by Dan Bruce; In Suspect Terrain, John McPhee; Into the Mountains, Maggie Stier and Ron McAdow; Meditations at 10,000 Feet, James Trefil.
There is a bibliography at the end but I don't want to list it all.
Al Lock In addition to the books noted by others, he also makes a passing reference to Thoreau which is clearly a call to Walden.
Matthew King John McPhee; Into the Mountains, Ron McAdow; Meditations at 10,000 Feet
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