Search Results: "Bill Bryson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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SHAKESPEARE by Bill Bryson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Shakespeare redux for the common reader."
A telling glance at one of history's most famously unknowable figures. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Premium vest-pocket histories of science."
The Royal Society has been incubating and disseminating scientific illumination for 350 years, as Bryson (Shakespeare: The World as Stage, 2007, etc.) and his fellow contributors gracefully attest. Read full book review >

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THE MOTHER TONGUE by Bill Bryson
Released: July 17, 1990

"An erudite delight, sure to captivate many."
A merry and bright Baedeker to the English language, its history, character, and probable future. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"But for a mine mature, wise, and winsome American odyssey by another expatriate, see Mort Rosenblum's excellent Back Home (p. 978)."
An unending barrage of sarcastic commentary—some of it funny, most of it obnoxious—nearly obscures the occasional acute perceptions of America that Bryson peppers throughout this prodigal son's report. 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 >

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Released: Feb. 18, 1992

"Smart-alecky and obvious, with the wit of Bryson's first two books curdled into waspishness."
Having groused his way across America in The Lost Continent (1989), Bryson (The Mother Tongue, 1990) now turns his attention to Europe. 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 >