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Happily, I'm a Stranger Here Myself unleashes a new Bryson, more contemplative and less likely to toss daggers. After two decades in England, he's relocated to Hanover, New Hampshire. In this collection (drawn from dispatches for London's Night & Day magazine), he's writing from home, in close proximity to wife and family. We find a happy marriage between humor and reflection as he assesses life both in New England and in the contemporary United States. With the telescopic perspective of one who's stepped out of the American mainstream and come back after 20 years, Bryson aptly holds the mirror up to U.S. culture, capturing its absurdities--such as hotlines for dental floss, the cult of the lawsuit, and strange American injuries such as those sustained from pillows and beds. "In the time it takes you to read this," he writes, "four of my fellow citizens will somehow manage to be wounded by their bedding."
The book also reflects the sweet side of small-town USA, with columns about post-office parties, dining at diners, and Thanksgiving--when the only goal is to "get your stomach into the approximate shape of a beach ball" and be grateful. And grateful we are that the previously peripatetic Bryson has returned to the U.S., turning his eye to this land--while living at home and near his wife. Under her benevolent influence, he entertains through thoughtful insights, not sarcastic stabs. --Melissa Rossi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
SO GLAD I HAVE ON MY KINDLE. THE BEAUTY OF IT IS THAT AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE OF CHAPTERS YOU CAN TURN TO ANY CHAPTER AND ENJOY THE WRITING AND THE HUMOUR. Read morePublished 3 days ago by bob
even though written in the 90's, the humor and observations apply today. Great writer, great observer of American culture.Published 19 days ago by Diane R.
Bill Bryson....pick up one of his books....any one of his books. You won't be disappointed.Published 21 days ago by judy f harper
What could have been an enjoyable outside look at America's strengths and foibles is ruined by the author's compulsion to vent his liberal opinions on current issues. Read morePublished 28 days ago by David C. Menges
I always enjoy Bill Bryson's books. When I finish I feel like I am missing a friend so shortly I go looking for another one or reread one I have handy.Published 29 days ago by Jeanne Dorie
Hilarious and insightful discussion of America and Americans. The chapters are very short, and are columns that Bryson wrote for an English newspaper after living in the U.K. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arnold the Analyst