A collection of comedic columns on Bill Bryson's experience of moving back to the United States after living in England for 20 years.
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This book is a collection of news paper articles Bryson wrote for The Times about America and living there in 1997 and 1998
It was entertaining but it had dated quite badly. There was a lot of discussion about current affairs and i had no idea what he was referring to
This audiobook made me laugh out loud. A lot.The people that passed me on the highway this morning must have thought I was nuts. #audiodriving
Bryson is hit or miss for me. This was a definite hit. I also will only listen to his audio books if William Roberts narrates. He is perfect. If you haven't listened to A Walk in the Woods yet, pick the William Roberts version.
I went through a big Bill Bryson kick years ago, and whipped through the majority of his books. This one was fun - a collection of articles he wrote for a British paper on life in small town #America
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What a delightful audiobook! This was my first Bill Bryson book, but it certainly won't be my last. I'm just surprised that it was written 18 years ago because all the political problems seem to be the same today. At least I got to laugh at stories about drive-in theaters and junk food. 😜
why yes, i have been on a Bill Bryson kick but who can resist? this one is about seeing America through fresh eyes and i did laugh out loud and startle people, which is its own kind of recommendation :)
Funny stuff, as usual, if formulaic: setup, meat, jokey callback. It is a collection of newspaper columns, though. I did finally pinpoint the thing that sticks in my craw about Bryson: he tends to make people in service industries the butt of the joke, as if they're stupid/incompetent... instead of hardworking people who deal with a lot of bs all day from people who think they're superior to them. It bugs me, but then... I once worked in retail.
Literary edition of "I've Never." Copy and share this picture with the hashtag #IveNever and list something literary you've never done. Comment, if you like, if you have done mine. Despite my podcast obsession, which one might think is similar... I've never listened to an audiobook. ?
I don't really snack while I read, so coffee in my favorite mug is my #booktober pick for "Reading Snacks." I do eat lunch at my desk most days, but I don't think that counts, haha.
I made everyone listen to this audio book! Bill Bryson's American/British/hybrid accent and humor made this one of the funniest looks at America ever! #bestnarrator #octphotochallenge (I know this challenge was for characters, but this jumped into my mind and I couldn't get it out).
A mostly funny look at being an American--our foibles and follies. Bryson is always funny. His book on walking the Appalachian trail remains my favorite.
Hmmm...it isn't just me.
All this means, of course, is that statistically in New Hampshire I am far more likely to be hurt by my ceiling or my underpants--to cite just two potentially lethal examples--than by a stranger, and, frankly, I don't find that comforting at all.
These are as close as I could come to bookmarks for #booktober. One is a card from a friend that was holding my place in Secrets and Lies and the other is an article about Leonard Cohen that a friendly regular at an old job thoughtfully printed out to give me. It's dated 2009, I don't know why it was tucked into a book on my shelf. I squirrel away personal notes like that, though. @RealLifeReading
Why do I not feel safe?
I'm not at all sure why, but I always found it strangely compelling to turn on the TV late at night and find a guy who looked as if he had bought all the clothes he would ever need during one shopping trip in 1973 (so that, presumably, he would be free to spend the rest of his waking hours around oscilloscopes) saying, in an oddly characterless voice, "And so we can see, adding two fixed-end solutions gives us another fixed-end solution."
We love our nonsensical rules....
#FunFridayPhoto I have only listen to a handful of audio books over the years, but this one always comes to mind when I think of funny books. I laughed constantly while listening to Bill Bryson describe the culture shock of moving back to the USA after many years living in England.
Which Bill Bryson book should I start with?