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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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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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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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 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

In this abridged and illustrated version of his Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), Bryson invites a younger crowd of seekers on a tour of time, space and science—from the Big Bang and the birth of the solar system to the growth and study of life on Earth. 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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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 >