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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.
I like to read in bed. The cat likes to sleep at the foot of the bed. When I read this book I laughed so hard the shaking bed made the cat think we are having another Oklahoma... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Quo Vadis?
Great book. As a Brit recently moved to US I can relate to so much.Published 5 days ago by Rhiannon Wilde
Funny, but a tad redundant. I think his humor is a great respite from my mysteries ... I always have one going.Published 6 days ago by J. P. Hale
Funny, a little biased politically & critical. Did make some good points, but wasn't drawn into subject matter. Skipped to the end &wasn't impressed by conclusions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by barbara headley
There is nothing to dislike about Mr. Bryson's books. This one is a little different as it is a collection of short articles he wrote for a newspaper column. Read morePublished 1 month ago by whitewater
Every thing he writes is excellent. I give this one only 4 stars because all his other books were just a bit more entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Nadine S. Ide
I waited much too long to read another Bill Bryson book after finishing A Walk in the Woods. His writing is laugh out loud funny. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Connie