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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 enjoyed I'm a Stranger Here Myself, because it echoed my feelings about a lot of things, however, in an uplifting & humorous way. It's a quick read & very entertaining. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Racy Tracy
I read my first Bill Bryson book. A Walk in the Woods, when it was first published and have been a fan ever since. Read morePublished 2 days ago by SifuJon
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 12 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 27 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 28 days ago by Raven Poe
I love Bill Bryson. You'll probably only like this book if you love Bill Bryson.Published 1 month ago by Erin Terrell