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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.
A wonderful five-star book to read. But the reseller, hawthorne_academic, did not disclose that the book was a former library book with all the library markings intact.Published 12 days ago by D. R. Sossamon
A view of life unusual. Laugh out loud..fellow passengers glanced askance. Easy to read and pick up later chapters stand alonePublished 20 days ago by Peter Webb
I love Bryson's work and this is a superb read - treat yourself and enjoy!Published 22 days ago by PWB
I liked some things about it , but not other things. To anybody who is a great reader. Because it was great, but not excellent.Published 25 days ago by Lisa Cades
Being the Yankee daughter of a Yorkshire lass, myself, Bill Bryson's book brought back fond memories and hysterical observations that either my mother or I had also made whilst... Read morePublished 26 days ago by K. Cavin
Bill Bryson makes me laugh. Out loud. I've read every one of his books, and couldn't pick a favorite if I had to. Thanks Bill .... for many hours of entertaining reading.Published 28 days ago by Ginnie Siena Bivona
I just finished reading this book and I must say it was eye opening. Bryson really does make reading easy due to his writing style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan D. Hayward
Great stories by one of the best English writers. Book is well printed.Published 1 month ago by James Dylan