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One Summer
One Summer: America, 1927 | Bill Bryson
A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy BookA GoodReads Reader's ChoiceIn One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin Shipwreck Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve daysa new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true talking picture, Al Jolsons The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.From the Hardcover edition.
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crhealey
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Was really enjoying this book, admiring how easy it was to read, yet how detailed the research was when midway through the book I realized it was only about white dudes. Now I may only be a second year history teacher, but it would seem to me that women and people of color were doing a lot in the 1920s too....🤦🏻‍♀️🙄

Andrea313 Thank you for this review. I''d been on the fence about this book, and now I can just let it go and move on the other hundreds on my TBR! 2mo
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crhealey
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And so ends a wonderfully long winter break for this #teacherofLitsy. Instead of books with gin fizzes, it‘s back to books and leftover soup for dinner. #sigh

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crhealey
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A strawberry gin fizz to go with my ‘20s themed book! #historynerd #roaring20s #booksnbooze

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crhealey
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Let‘s 🤞🏻that the 2020s are just as successful! #makeamericareadagain

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OrangeMooseReads
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Been listening to this most of the evening while trying to stay calm while out and about. So many people 😳
Less than an hour to go.

Scurvygirl Ugh! Went out last night and we got to the shops early enough, but when we were leaving, it was monstrous! Good luck, I finished during my lunch break today. It's so hard at Christmas 🙄! 1y
OrangeMooseReads @Scurvygirl I still have to get groceries 😬 and stop at the dollar tree. I have issues with normal day people but people at Christmas time oh boy 1y
Scurvygirl @OrangeMooseReads yup! I did groceries on Wednesday at lunch (it was cold out), but the rest I do through Etsy, Amazon and one giant trip to Target. I am not a peopoly(?) person. Even Litsy can be hard for me sometimes...😕 1y
OrangeMooseReads @Scurvygirl I try to do as much online as possible. But there are always last minute things we need for something and somehow I‘m the one to get the stuff 1y
Scurvygirl @OrangeMooseReads 😑I hear that! 💜 1y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Listening to this while doing some Christmas shopping and I was surprised by the fact that the Bath School Bombing happened at the same time Charles Lindbergh was making his famous flight. Being from Michigan the Bath School Bombing is something that I‘ve heard about many, many times. #connectinghistory #historynerd

Jennick2004 I‘ve never heard of it, but now I‘ll have to look it up! 1y
OrangeMooseReads @Jennick2004 deadliest school massacre in US history. The details make it incredibly horrific especially for its time. 1y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Started this while #audioshopping this morning. I love the dirty/annoyed looks I get when I‘m in the grocery store with headphones on 🤷🏼‍♀️

Lcsmcat With Bryson you‘re liable to get strange looks for laughing out loud! 1y
OrangeMooseReads @Lcsmcat that‘s true 😆 1y
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Pickpick

Bill Bryson brings his signature style and sense of awe (and sometimes the ridiculous) to this story of one summer - May to September 1927 - in the USA. Fascinating if a bit long, this was an entertaining and enlightening read.

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bell7
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Saturday plans

mabell This is a Bryson I haven't read yet! 1y
bell7 @mabell it's a fun one, you can tell he's just fascinated with a bunch of things he relates 1y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Audible has a 3 books for 2 credits sale happening right now. I picked up these with my credits I hadn‘t used yet.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Pickpick

I loved this! I love Bryson's sense of humour and the way he has of making history interesting, connected and understandable. Towards the end I felt a bit that everything really interesting had happened already, but all in all a great read! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I'm never in a good spot for a picture when reading this book, but I'm enjoying it immensely! It's been a rough week or so with my little one that takes forever to get better - no nap one day, out like a light shortly after 10 am today..

RadicalReader @MommyWantsToReadHerBook absolutely astoundingly awesome kindle so easy to carry around digital books that have a massive amount of pages compared to the Herculean task of hundreds of hardcover 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @RadicalReader yup I have no idea how thick the print book is but I'm guessing pretty thick! 2y
RadicalReader @MommyWantsToReadHerBook assuming the page count on here is for the physical book which shows 526 pages definitely nice to double as a table in my book lol 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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My littlest just suddenly started with a cold last night, annoying runny nose that is interfering with her sleep. Desperately trying to get her to sleep a bit now... Still busy with Sapiens but my sister bought One Summer and my Kindle is linked to her account, so this is calling to me now!

SledgeReader Here‘s hoping the little one improves quickly. And CHEERS to your unexpected book from your sister!!! 2y
Miss_Shush Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did, and the kiddo feels better soon! 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Thanks @SledgeReader and @Miss_Shush , she's pretty miserable so it's been a slow day... 2y
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SuziQoregon
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this one. Need to get The Hubster to read it.

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SuziQoregon
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Started this yesterday. My second Bryson after recently reading and enjoying A Walk in the Woods.

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kristinshafel
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Pickpick

I learned so much from this fascinating, engaging book! I was especially captivated by the baseball (had a mild obsession with Babe Ruth as a kid), organized crime & Al Capone, & the achievements of early aviation. Bryson does a wonderful job placing everything in context so you understand exactly how monumentally historic & important this time was, setting up what led to the events of summer 1927 & then laying out their lasting effects.

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Augustdana
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We have a snow day here in Niagara, but I‘m thinking about summer time. #readingresolutions

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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

I recently finished listening to this book. I love books that are read by the author. The number of major events and the number of people influencing history in the summer of 1927 is absolutely fasinating. Well worth the read.

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Suzze
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I bought this ages ago, and it languishes on the TBR. I love Bill Bryson, so convince me to pick this up! #nuyear #America

brennahawleycraig I adored this book! It‘s such a fascinating look at a relatively short period of American history that we still talk about today! 2y
quietjenn It's quite good. Like much Bryson, it manages to be both informative and entertaining. 2y
Cinfhen I read it! It‘s really good ~ full of interesting stories. You can read it in short spurts 2y
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Cinfhen Great choice 💙❤️💙 2y
TrishB I‘ve read others and I‘m sure this is equally entertaining!! 2y
Cortg So many interesting things that happened that summer. I thought it was a pretty cool way to learn some history! 2y
Suzze @Cortg And that is why I love historical novels, only I get a story with it. Sold. I‘m gonna put it on top of the pile. 2y
Cortg @Suzze Yay! 2y
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Aims42
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When you're stuck in the Portillo's drive thru lane by yourself, reading happens 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Aims42
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Saturday morning at home ❤️📙☕️

CathyJ That is perfect! 2y
Tamra Love that color! 2y
Aims42 @CathyJ the calm before the holidays hit, haha! 2y
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Aims42 @Tamra thank you!! ☺️ 2y
BookMaven407 What a great reading chair! 2y
Aims42 @BookMaven407 it really is, I love it 😄 2y
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Aims42
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I am so pumped to read this!!

BookBabe Nice pic! 2y
Kaye Love the cover. Mine was just plane white with a bit of red and blue on it. 2y
Aims42 @BookBabe Thanks!! ☺️ 2y
Aims42 @Kaye Me too!! i always look at Goodreads for the different covers before I buy books online, haha #CoverSnob 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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A very diverse #BestOfAugust -the best books I read this month. #AndItsAugust

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RealBooks4ever
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Pickpick

Love love love this book!! 💜💜💜 SO MUCH information! A lot of fun reading about the summer of 1927! #ILoveHistory 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

ValerieAndBooks I loved this one too! My maternal grandparents were married in 1927, and I wish they were still alive today so I could ask them what else they remembered from that year! 3y
Cinfhen Look @emilyhaldi ‼️ 3y
RealBooks4ever @ValerieAndBooks I know what you mean! So many questions left, never to be answered! 🤔 My maternal grandparents were my rock! 3y
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Cinfhen
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It's the lovely @GypsyKat birthday week and she's running a fun photo challenge to celebrate her big day🎂Day 3 #SeasonOfYourBirth 👙I'm a summer baby, too! I've highlighted a nonfiction & fiction book Ive read & one from my TBR. Also included a summer fragrance I used to enjoy 😊 #GypsyKatsBirthdayWeek

GypsyKat Ohh I love this! And thanks for playing! 😊💗💗💗 3y
Zelma Oh man, memories! I used to wear CK One all the time. 😆 3y
emilyhaldi I've been curious about One Summer for a while.. did you read that one? Thoughts? 3y
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Cinfhen I did read One Summer, over the course of two summers!!! It's a slowwwwww read, but interesting and the type of book you can read leisurely chapter by chapter without losing your train of thought. @emilyhaldi I enjoyed all the history 🤓 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi I loved One Summer and couldn't put it down! For me, it was a quick read 🤷‍♀️ 3y
emilyhaldi Awesome, great to know! @Cinfhen @ValerieAndBooks 😄 3y
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RealBooks4ever
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Just started this and really enjoying it! I love reading about history! 💜 This read is a big #BlameItOnLitsy and a bigger #BlameItOnMrBook ! @MrBook 😆👍🏼

MrBook 😆👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 3y
JazzFeathers I have it on my TBR. It sounds like a good one? 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this gray and muggy evening: mushroom pizza, mild wings with ranch, caesar salad, and Cherry Coke. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Aloisi_tribe Mushroom pizza is my favorite of all pizzas! Even though I made a trip to the store today, I think I'm going to have to go back tomorrow and get ingredients to make my own. #blameMrBook 3y
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MrBook
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Reading history! And #BOTM! 😁👏🏻 #TheMoreYouKnow

RealBooks4ever Just put on hold at my library! 😻 3y
GAustin Just my kinda read. Adding to my Bryson pile. 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this wet and cool evening: angel hair pasta with mussels in a garlic white clam sauce, and sparkling mineral water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Eryn2513 WOWWWW. That looks amazing. 3y
savvy24 You always have the best looking food on here! 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this wet and cool night: London broil on bread, steakhouse green beans, and Coke. MMMMmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Tigerbook Yumm!🥓🍳 3y
Magpiegem As a Londoner I'm so confused about why this is called a London Broil 😄 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Magpiegem The cut of meat is called London Broil here. But I have absolutely no clue why it is on bread. Never seen that before 😕 3y
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MrBook @Magpiegem Nobody knows, not even my friend, The Meatman. Now THAT's perplexing! 3y
MrBook @elkeo It's a NY/NJ/PA thing (and maybe other states, but I can only speak to those with confidence). The style is called "beefsteak". Which is redundant. But then again, so are so many other things, like "literary fiction" ?. It's cooked in melted butter, then slapped on triangle-cut light, fluffy slices of bread. The bread sucks up the butter. Many people wind up not eating the bread in order to save room for more meat, but I eat it. ☺️ (edited) 3y
JillR @magpiegem I'm a Northerner rather than a Londoner but thought the very same thing! Thank you for the explanation @mrbook! 😋 3y
MrBook @JillR 😎🙌🏻 3y
Magpiegem If The Meatman doesn't know there is no hope! 😄 sounds yummy though! 3y
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emilyesears
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This is my first Bill Bryson read, and I'm really enjoying it. I expect to be finished with it tomorrow. I love seeing how all of the events in this summer interrelate and how many of this events affected things like the Great Depression and WWII. I've learned a lot so far about a great many topics. The baseball and aviation history are only mildly interesting to me, but the rest of the topics are fascinating!

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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment on this wet and cool evening was: baked ziti with meat sauce, wings (not wigs 😆👏🏻🙌🏻), peasant bread, and Cherry (not Vanilla 😂👏🏻) Coke. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

EmilyM How are you liking the book? 3y
MrBook @EmilyM It's great!! I've been a Bryson fan for awhile now 😊. @BookBabe 's really liked it too. 😎👍🏻 3y
ValerieAndBooks I liked this so much that I loaned it (something I never do) to a friend without her asking...and still am waiting for her to return it two years later 😝 3y
EmilyM I have a copy of it in my TBR pile....guess I will have to move it up! 3y
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charminggoats
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Apparently a lot of exciting events happened in the summer of 1927. I'm in a nonfiction kind of mood, so I picked this one up to read next!

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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this humidity-laden, muggy night: baked ziti with meat sauce, wings, cheesy garlic bread, and sparkling mineral water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Lynnsoprano Wigs? Edible wigs?😄😄 3y
robinb Caught that too @Lynnsoprano ! 😂😂 3y
Dragon What are wigs? A snack food? 3y
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LeslieO I'm from Buffalo so I know a Buffalo wig when I see one. 3y
MrBook @Lynnsoprano @robinb @Dragon @LeslieO AAAHHH!!! 😂😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🍻 Darn it, I have to stop letting autocorrect get away with this stuff. Lol!!! 3y
Peterfox123 Wot? No tater tots? 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this warm and humid evening: Italian-roasted rotisserie chicks, garlic-parm town rice, steakhouse green beans, and sparkling mineral water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

LeslieO I loved this book! 3y
CherylC I thought you only ate TaterTots! That dinner looks delicious. 😀 3y
Gina Oh Bill Bryson how you made me belly laugh with... thank you sir I needed that. 3y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! Capellini in a white garlic clam sauce with steamed tuna and broccoli florets, and sparkling mineral water. This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats!

IamIamIam Yum!!!! 3y
tpixie Yummy! So fancy for a Monday! We ate a bierock Casserole- yummy but doesn't photo well!! 3y
minkyb Brings back childhood memories. Yum. 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this warm and cloudy night: angel hair pasta in a white garlic clam sauce with steamed mussels and broccoli, and a Cherry Coke. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Jennick2004 Psst that looks like cherry coke 🍒🤣 3y
MrBook @Jennick2004 😳😆😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Thank you! I'm so used to my Vanilla. 🙌🏻 3y
Linear I love muscles 3y
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Linear I love mussles as well lol. I use text to talk a lot especially on my phone because typing on a touchscreen drives me crazy. But it's funny when the phone has a hard time understanding what I'm saying. 3y
SpeculativeFemale That looks delicious, but I have gone for a glass of Riesling, LOL. 3y
GlassAsDiamonds Ooohhh.... I have the far less cool paperback of this! Must get to it (currently in the middle of a Down Under re-read which i think is his best but I'm a horribly biased Australian!!! 😂😂😂). 3y
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BookBabe
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Enjoying some quality reading and cuddle time with #Coale! 😻❤️ #catsofLitsy

DrJAdMerricksson What a most adorable book table you have there. 😍 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this cool, clear evening: angel hair pasta in a white garlic clam sauce wth broccoli and steamed mussels in their own garlic-butter sauce, warmed peasant bread, and sparkling mineral water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Rachel.Rencher Ohh man that looks yummy! 3y
MrBook @Rachel.Rencher It was 🤤! 3y
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Lcsmcat
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#sweetsummerstack
Thanks for your generosity! @Liberty

Joanne1 I loved this audio. So many things I knew nothing about. 3y
ValerieAndBooks I really liked this one! So fascinating. 3y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! On this rainy evening, the Fourth revisited: hot dog 🌭, black angus cheeseburger 🍔 , extra crispy tater tots, German potato salad, and Coke. Yum! 😋 This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads and happy eats!

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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this cool and humid night: angel hair pasta in a Sicilian gravy, with warm peasant bread and seasoned olive oil, and Cherry Coke. MMMmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

writerlibrarian Looks good and yummy. 3y
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BookBabe
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#BookNBrunch! Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! 🇺🇸Today's brunch was over easy eggs, extra-crispy roast beef hash and tater tots, peasant bread cheese toast, and a banana smoothie! Yum! 😋This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen! Happy reads & happy eats!

Reecaspieces Well glad you had a wonderful brunch....I had a banana at CVS!!! Happy fourth dear!! 3y
BookBabe @Reecaspieces You're always welcome here, though I know it's a bit of a drive, lol. 3y
BookBabe And a very happy 4th to you! ❤️ 3y
Reecaspieces @BookBabe ha...you just never know about me...I may show up one day!! Hehehe! I hope y'all have had a fantabulous day!! 3y
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Beckys_Books
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LizzyM I also own three of these books hahaha 3y
Beckys_Books @LizzyM I'm not surprised! 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this hot and humid night (very late dinner after a triple-shift library day): tri-color penne in Sicilian gravy, warm peasant bread with a seasoned olive oil dipping sauce, and sparkling mineral water. MMMmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

bookishbitch Love that teapot in the background! 3y
Lola That looks delish, but I feel sad for the poor wan peasant bread. I'll bet it wishes it were warm 😛😂 3y
MrBook @Lola 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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MrBook @bookishbitch Thank you! ☺️ 3y
Lola @MrBook 😘😘 3y
brennahawleycraig This book is sooo fascinating! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess How do you work a triple shift? Are you there open to close? I am just curious. 😃 3y
MrBook Lol, @Graciouswarriorprincess , long story 😆. Well, I was the transit guy between the 3 branches today since he's on vacation. I covered the morning shift at the little branch I took pictures of because both of our librarians there are on vacation, I did paperwork and ordering at my cubicle at the main branch, then I did my regular evening shift at the new library I'm working at. 😆 Hence, me not posting much yesterday *sighs*. 3y
MrBook @Graciouswarriorprincess I should have taken pictures of all the totes and satchels filled with books that I transported. At one point, my car had 12 of them 😂👏🏻. I was just waiting for a police officer to pull me over and notice all the books. Surely a book nerd-librarian can't commit any heinous crimes 🤓. 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MrBook that is a triple and long day! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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Suzze
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I bought this awhile ago, it's still on the to-read pile. I love Bill Bryson. This is his take on summer in the USA, in the year 1927, starting with Charles Lindbergh's historic flight. #jubilantjuly #starsandstripes

AnnieReads I'm listening to this one and enjoying it. 3y
Suzze @AnnieReads I love them on audio when he reads them! 3y
Hooked_on_books I read this a while back and really liked it. 3y
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Verity
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I'm short of ideas for today's #riotgrams on #truestories but I really enjoyed this look at America in 1927. Definitely worth a read/listen.

LeslieO I loved this book! I recommend it all the time. 3y
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Brie
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Sometimes I like to theme read, so I read both of the Bill Bryson books during the summer; the woods one while I was vacationing near part of the Appalachian trail. When I think of winter I think of the holidays, and I can't resist a good murder mystery themed Christmas story. #summerwinterreads #junebookbugs

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Joanne1
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America in the summer of 1927 seems to have had it all: Lindenberg, Babe Ruth, Al Capone, prohibition, the first talking films, the invention of television, political drama, anarchist bombings, seedy murders. Written with Bill Bryson ease and wit, and read by the author, this audio is thoroughly entertaining, greatly informative, surprising and long (14 hours!). I probably wouldn't have read it had it not been for the audio version.

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Joanne1
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I'm sitting in the car out the front of my house listening to this. I'm learning so much about America in 1927 (Babe Ruth, Charles Lindenberg, anarchists, murder, prohibition and so much else) but he neighbours must think I'm a weirdo.

peaknit Little do they know how cool you are listening to a book😊 3y
Joanne1 @peaknit totally cool!! 3y
monkeygirlsmama I used to sit in my car every day in my driveway just listening to music or a good book. Haha 3y
LeeRHarry I love Bill Bryson so funny! 😂 3y
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