A classic from the new york times bestselling author of one summer after living in britain for two decades, bill bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens—as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me".
They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town AmericaHarper Perennial. An unsparing and hilarious account of one man's rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town.
Neither Here nor There: Travels in EuropeIn the early seventies, beer, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe—in search of enlightenment, and women. Harper Perennial. He was accompanied by an unforgettable sidekick named Stephen Katz who will be gloriously familiar to readers of Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Harper Perennial. The result is the affectionate and riotously funny Neither Here Nor There.
Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey.
Notes from a Small IslandHarper Perennial. Harper Perennial. Harper Perennial. Before new york times bestselling author bill bryson wrote the road to little Dribbling, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, which has produced zebra crossings, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, Shakespeare, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in BritainTwo decades later, bryson—now a British citizen—set out again to rediscover his adopted country. Anchor Books. Harper Perennial. In 1995, iowa native bill bryson took a motoring trip around Britain to explore that green and pleasant land. The uproarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, is one of the most acute portrayals of the United Kingdom ever written.
In these pages, stone village, he follows a straight line through the island—from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath—and shows us every pub, and human foible along the way. Harper Perennial. Whether he is dodging cow attacks in torcross, getting lost in the h&m on Kensington High Street, or—more seriously—contemplating the future of the nation’s natural wonders in the face of aggressive development, Bryson guides us through the old and the new with vivid detail and laugh-out-loud humor.
Irreverent, and always hilarious, endearing, The Road to Little Dribbling is filled with Bill Bryson’s deep knowledge and love of his chosen home. Harper Perennial.
The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That WayFrom the first descent of the larynx into the throat why you can talk but your dog can't, Bryson tells the fascinating, to the fine lost art of swearing, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries. With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, eccentricities, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, resilience and sheer fun of the English language.
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In a Sunburned CountryEvery time bill bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In a sunburned country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, the country that doubles as a continent, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.
Australia - description & travel. Anchor Books. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. Harper Perennial. The result is a deliciously funny, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, fact-filled, wonder, and unflagging curiousity. Despite the fact that australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, even riptides and deserts, crocodiles, Bill Bryson adores the place, snakes, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path.
Wherever he goes he finds australians who are cheerful, safe cities, and these beaming products of land with clean, cold beer, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Harper Perennial. Harper Perennial. Harper Perennial.
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United StatesWilliam Morrow Company. And exactly why Mr. Anchor Books. Harper Perennial. Yankee doodle called his befeathered cap "Macaroni. Harper Perennial. Harper Perennial. Harper Perennial. Bill bryson, bestselling author of the mother Tongue, now celebrates its magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood.
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A MemoirLike millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. He is joined in the bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers, who apply their scientific skills and can-do attitude to gleefully destructive ends. Harper Perennial.
He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate portraits of his father, and OF his mother, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises, whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home.
. Paperback with picture of the "Thunderbolt Kid. ". It will enchant anyone who has ever been young. From one of the world's most beloved writers and new york times bestselling author of one summer, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950sBill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, a vivid, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers.
William Morrow Company. Harper Perennial. Australia - description & travel. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers and morons—in his head—as "The Thunderbolt Kid.
At Home: A Short History of Private LifeHarper Perennial. Harper Perennial. Paperback with picture of the "Thunderbolt Kid. ". In these pages, the beloved bill bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted.
Harper Perennial. Australia - description & travel. Anchor Books. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, the pillows, the pipes, in the paint, and every item of furniture.
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian TrailAnchor. Harper Perennial. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy or just foolhardy folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. William Morrow Company. Already a classic, a walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in.
Harper Perennial. Anchor Books. Anchor Books. Australia - description & travel. Harper Perennial. And bill bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. Paperback with picture of the "Thunderbolt Kid. ". The appalachian trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes.
If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. Harper Perennial.