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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've read a handful of Bill's books, really like his style. But this one left me wanting more. It is a collection of newspaper articles. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Don Malzahn
Read In a Sunburned Country and liked it a lot. This was a major disappointment. It was boring and dated.Published 23 days ago by Barb m
As usual, Bill Bryson's book was great fun to read. He has such great way relating his mis-adventures and adventures that they make me laugh out loud. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Raven Poe
I love Bill Bryson. You'll probably only like this book if you love Bill Bryson.Published 29 days ago by Erin Terrell
Back in pre-Kindle days, I always picked up a copy of the latest Bill Bryson book at the library and loved them all. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Whistlers Mom
When I read "summer 27"it was difficult to lay down the book. "I am a stranger" is a good read but not up to the standards set by summer 27.Published 29 days ago by Bruce Alsup
Hilarious in many places. He has a quirky sense of humor and a very wry viewpoint that readers of Will Cuppy will enjoy.Published 1 month ago by email@example.com