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Neither Here Nor There
Neither Here Nor There | Bill Bryson
Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to travel writing as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet and heads for Europe. Travelling with Stephen Katz--also his wonderful sidekick in A Walk in the Woods--he wanders from Hammerfest in the far north, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. As he makes his way round this incredibly varied continent, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before with caustic hilarity. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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quietjenn
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Re-visiting Bryson, whom I‘m seeing at the library this week.

LauraBrook Lucky you! Haven‘t seen him live in probably 20 years. How was it? 4w
quietjenn @laurabrook SO great! I'd never seen him before and have been a fan for years, so it was such a treat! 3w
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andrew61
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#marchintothe70s #wishyouwerehere
Playing catch up but thought id post the first bill bryson i read, which arrived in an unsought qpd parcel back in the day. Reminds me of my interrail in the 80's when w/o mobile phones my main contact with my parents was a postcard that probably reached them before i did.

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whatrebeccasread
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Panpan

I was really looking forward to learning about the cities and countries of Europe. I really did enjoy the first few chapters, but when Bryson‘s humour went a bit too far, I lost interest and by the end I had almost given up. It‘s 2 stars from me!

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

Swe_Eva I had the same experience with that one. 9mo
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Joanne1
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This was funny is Bryson‘s typical highly observant way. But it was also quite repetitive and showed it‘s age at times - especially in terms of some sexist attitudes.

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Joanne1
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I find Bill Bryson a reliable laugh-out-loud writer and I‘ve did that several times on my commute this morning. After a couple of dark thriller/mysteries a little humour was definitely in order!

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JennyM
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20 | #SeptemberDanes

Pretty sure Bill Bryson went #FromParisToBerlin on his hilarious jaunt across Europe.

LeeRHarry Bill Bryson 💕 1y
Cinfhen Lots of Bill Bryson!!! I only read & really enjoyed 1y
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of his books yet 🙊 1y
LeahBergen I love Bill Bryson. 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Mehso-so

Eh. This was funny but not as much as the Lost Continent, and I was surprised to find myself made a little uncomfortable by some of his views. I guess it hasn‘t aged as well as some of his other books.

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Tashreads
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Day 26| #Readingresolutions #traveltuesday

Ah travel. How I adore thee, how I miss thee. But we always have books to transport us while we wait for the next big adventure.

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rwmg
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Disappointing. The humour doesn't work when he's not talking about one more or less homogenous culture, when we can laugh at ourselves. Here it verges on racist they talk funny and eat funny in furrin parts.

Swe_Eva Agree. I tried that one but had to give up. 👎 1y
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mania
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rwmg
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@rabbitprincess The colour version

rabbitprincess Oh yes, it's gorgeous in colour! ♥️ 1y
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rwmg
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Back home. Different cover from Litsy's.

rabbitprincess I like that cover! 1y
rwmg @rabbitprincess It's better in colour. 1y
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Azar
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The only good thing about me spending the summer holiday with Katz was that the rest of the America didn't have to do that!

mania Ah, Katz is back in this? I have to read it! 😃 2y
Azar @mania so far he's just mentioned a few things of him in a trip they had done years ago. Here's hoping there will be more of him 😁😁 read it anyway. It's hilarious! 2y
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nickimags
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I was saying to my hubby the other about how I'd like to listen to another Bill Bryson audiobook as I'm really enjoying The Road to Little Dribbling . Then this turned up for £1.99 with audible's daily deal today. Was audible/Amazon secretly listening to me? 🤤

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bookworm.krizia
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I absolutely love Bill Bryson. This one of the best travel book I've read. It's funny and very enlightening in a way. I love reading about his stories. This book made me want to go to Europe and just walk around, drink in their cafes, see the museums and jump on the train for the next destination.

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Avidreader25
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Love this sign in a Wisconsin bookstore!

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Brie
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I love Bryson's travel books. This one's dated--written in the 90s, but still a pleasure to read and very funny. A bit of history thrown in too. It made me wish I could backpack through Europe.

Demanda He's so great! I read a bunch of his books in high school and have been a traveler ever since. He gave me the bug. 2y
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Bookwitchery
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My pick for #anditsaugust #drinksoncovers is Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There. I haven't read it yet but I love this man's writing. First thing I ever read by him was I'm a Stranger Here Myself. I started reading it on a break at work and had go buy it so I could finish it at home!

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Brie
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My #currentread has wine on the cover. #drinksoncovers #anditsaugust

Sydsavvy I ❤️❤️❤️ him. And this cover!!! 2y
Brie I love his books too! @Sydsavvy 2y
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readtheworld
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Some of my favorite travel books! 📚🌍📚

#travel #bookstack #1001places

minkyb Love this photo! 2y
readtheworld @minkyb thanks! 😊 2y
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TheLondonBookworm
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Damn you Bill Bryson! Every time I read one of his books I get wanderlust... #wanderlust #travellingbookworm

JanuarieTimewalker13 I have to read him! 2y
TheLondonBookworm @JanuarieTimewalker13 he's opinionated for sure- but very amusing! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I live for amusement. Lol 2y
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MariaW 😍😍😍 2y
Zelma That is definitely my favorite of his books. 👍 2y
TheLondonBookworm @MariaW 👍👍👍☺️☺️ 2y
TheLondonBookworm @Zelma really? Awesome I haven't read many yet only Down under and notes on a small island but I love it when he talks about places I've been. 2y
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andrew61
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#wannabe #90sinjuly
This was my first Bill Bryson which made me laugh out loud as it reminded me of my interrail trip with friends back in the 1980's, im just cheesed that i can't find my physical copy. I wannabe in my 20's again hitting the Europe of the 1980's with a rucksack and tent.

Cinfhen Ha! I hit up Europe with my friends in the summer of 85 and then again in 88 with my hubby for our honeymoon 😍😍so fun!!! 2y
andrew61 @Cinfhen i went around in friends in 85 as well 😀 2y
Cinfhen We could have been riding the rails together and just not known 💗😁 2y
andrew61 @Cinfhen 😂☺ 2y
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DishaMehta
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“What is it about maps? I could look at them all day, earnestly studying the names of towns and villages I have never heard of and will never visit...”

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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Laugh out loud funny. This man's writing is wonderful escapist fun. He also tosses in some history and gives you a real sense of where he's visiting.

#readeverydayeverywhere
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#readingissexy
#paramediclitten

Reviewsbylola That looks like the perfect little reading nook. 😍 2y
LauraBeth That's what I was just thinking @Reviewsbylola 😍 2y
Suet624 Bryson 💕💕💕 2y
Shemac77 It is! It's at my sisters place. She's raising two little voracious readers and saw something like this on Pinterest. Good thing my brother in law is handy! @Reviewsbylola @LauraBeth 2y
Shemac77 He's so wonderful! I love his humor. @Suet624 2y
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Shemac77
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I didn't think he could be funnier than he was in In a Sunburned Country; I might be wrong. I've been laughing out loud almost every page.

#readeverydayeverywhere
#nslitten
#readingissexy
#paramediclitten

Chelsey I freaking love Bill Bryson! 🙌🎉💜 2y
MyNamesParadise Nice pic!! 2y
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Shemac77
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Zelma I absolutely love that book and that beer! This book me laugh out loud often. 😆👍🍻 2y
Shemac77 I've been laughing out loud almost every page! He's just so funny. @Zelma 2y
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Shemac77
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saresmoore
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Taking @Eamann 's advice and doing some light Bryson reading as I wait with one of my two tiny dancers. Saturday mornings are busy with ballet/tap classes for both kiddos. I don't know when this became my life, but I don't hate it.

Ericmanciniwriter That's so funny- my 3 yo is at ballet right now and I'm writing. I thought I'd find all of it pretty boring but man, when they first put that outfit on - ❤️💕 3y
saresmoore @Eamann I know. It's the most adorable. 3y
andrew61 It's really nice when you post something and see that a litsy pal has already posted. I really miss those ballet Saturdays . 2y
saresmoore @andrew61 Yes! Isn't it fun? I had a moment today when I realized that in ten short years, my eldest will be an adult. The ballet years slip quickly into memories, don't they? 2y
andrew61 @saresmoore my oldest Madeleine (22) just got her degree results today and she did really well but it doesn't feel like two minutes since we were packing her leotard and ballet shoes in her pink bag on a Saturday morning :) 2y
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jdtchicago

The best that can be said for Norwegian television is that it gives you the sensation of a coma without the worry and inconvenience.

MrsMalaprop 😄We travelled to New Zealand last year. This statement applies to their 'free to air' for sure. 3y
Texreader Husband from Norway said of this quote: "I'm not surprised." ?? 3y
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Kyjin
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I don't share Bill Bryson's love of cows, but I do appreciate his insights XD

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jdtchicago

But that's the glory of foreign travel...I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.

Cobscook I love Bill Bryson! 3y
anwade88 So true! Going to have to read this! 3y
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Started the audio version of this book today. I like the author's reading style, kinda quirky. I can even hear him smiling, or so I imagine. 💭

Zelma This is my favorite Bryson book. He is fantastic and this one made me laugh out loud often. 3y
PurpleyPumpkin @Zelma Glad to hear it! Did you recently mention Bill Bryson on someone's post? If so, thank you because that's why I looked for his books. 😉 3y
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Infinitus
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Pickpick

Overall pretty entertaining, though not my favorite of his. Still made me want to go backpack around Europe though. Reading travel books is terrible for my wanderlust.

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britt_brooke
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I just could not get into his writing. Maybe I should try a different book??