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Des Moines, Iowa-born writer Bryson's first success was the travel book The Lost Continent. After living in England for several years, he wanted to go back to the USA to find the perfect little US town of his past, he lovingly called Amalgam. More travel books followed, in the form of Neither Here Nor There (where he travels through Europe), Notes From A Small Island (where he travels around the United Kingdom, before returning back to the USA to live there for good) and A Walk In The Woods (where he walks the Appalachian trail). After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.
©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"This is Bryson at his best." (Amazon.co.uk)
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By J-H2O on 10-03-06

Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !

I really enjoy Bill Bryson and his sense of observational humour really appeals however, although this was funny at times, because it was a collection of smaller clips I found that I could not get my teeth into it as much. It is worth having in a collection because it is enjoyable but I would not put it high on my list of Bill Bryson must haves. I was expecting it to be like Notes From A Small Island but in this respect I was a little dissappointed.

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By Derek on 07-08-15

The usual

Brilliant written as usual.
Excellently read as usual.
A joy to listen to as usual.
Do yourself a favour and get this book.

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By Kindle Customer on 09-11-17

as good as expected

Like always, Bill Bryson knocks it out of the park woth his ability to turn every day events into outstanding stories.
what a legend

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By Sara on 06-27-15

Interesting

Pithy observations and a great insight on the American view of the world in the late 90s.

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