Search Results: "Bill Bryson"


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THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2000 by Bill Bryson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2000

"If it's Tuesday, this must be yet another annual volume to dip into at random."
The inaugural issue of an anthology of the year's best travel pieces. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 1999

"Truly and beguilingly, if you are a jaded resident of the USA, Bryson can rekindle your wonder and delight in the life and land around you."
Waggish observations on everyday life in the US from bestselling Bryson (A Walk in the Woods, 1998, etc.), a guy who can find the humor in a bag of hammers and, often enough, the lesson too. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 1998

"'Walking is what we did,' Bryson states: 800-plus out of the 2,100-plus miles, and that good sliver is sheer comic travel entertainment."
The Appalachian Trail—from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin, Me.—consists of some five million steps, and Bryson (Notes from a Small Island, 1996, etc.) seems to coax a laugh, and often an unexpectedly startling insight, out of each one he traverses. Read full book review >

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BILL by Chap Reaver
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Laced with wonderfully dry humor and pungent observations, a grand yarn that begs to be shared aloud, and again. (Fiction. 10+)"
From the late author of Mote (1990) and A Little Bit Dead (1992; both Edgar winners), an endearing story that, despite its compelling climax and some pleasingly melodramatic features, is markedly less violent than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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ONE SUMMER by Bill Bryson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A distinctively drawn time capsule from a definitive epoch."
A popular chronicler of life and lore vividly charts a particularly pivotal season in American history. Read full book review >

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NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND by Bill Bryson
Released: May 1, 1996

"But all in all, a tasty crumpet."
After two decades as a resident of England, Bryson (Made in America, 1995, etc.) bids a very fond farewell to that sceptered isle, to that promontory of clotted cream. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"If, as the old saw has it, England and America are two countries divided by a common language, here's some disarming help sent by a Yank from the other side of the pond."
Ex-patriate journalist Bryson (Neither Here Nor There, 1992, etc.) skims the history and present condition of American English. Read full book review >

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A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2003

"Loads of good explaining, with reminders, time and again, of how much remains unknown, neatly putting the death of science into perspective."
Bryson (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999, etc.), a man who knows how to track down an explanation and make it confess, asks the hard questions of science—e.g., how did things get to be the way they are?—and, when possible, provides answers. Read full book review >

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IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY by Bill Bryson
Released: June 6, 2000

"Bryson is a real traveler, the kind of guy who can be entertained by (and be entertaining about) a featureless landscape scattered with 'rocks the color of bad teeth.' Fortunately for him and for us, there's a lot more to Australia than that."
Just in time for Sydney's upcoming Olympic games, this travel narrative from veteran wanderer Bryson (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999, etc.) provides an appreciative, informative, and hilarious portrait of the land Down Under. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING by Bill Bryson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Anglophiles will find Bryson's field notes equally entertaining and educational."
Bryson (One Summer: America, 1927, 2013, etc.) takes us on another fascinating cross-country jaunt.Read full book review >

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AT HOME by Bill Bryson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Informative, readable and great fun."
Bryson (The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir, 2006, etc.) takes a delightful stroll through the history of domestic life. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID by Bill Bryson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"A great, fun read, especially for Baby Boomers nostalgic for the good old days."
A charming, funny recounting of growing up in Des Moines during the sleepy 1950s. Read full book review >