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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.
Bryson is wonderful as always- bringing a little bit of his adopted country's dry humor back to America. Whatever the subject, he's always entertaining.Published 13 days ago by SooziQ
For all of us who never are quite sure where we are and why we are there, this book is for us. Witty and well written. Buy read keep it, pass it on.Published 1 month ago by Peter Cooper
Bill Bryson definitely has talent as a storyteller, but sometimes he gets bogged down in pointless detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bguling
Interesting book by an 'everyman' sort of writer. I think if I wrote a book about myself it would be something like this.Published 1 month ago by Robert W. Smith
This is the fifth of Bill Bryson's books I've read or listened to and they've all been a joy. This one is a bit different in that its a compilation of newspaper articles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dave ferree
Often funny and entertaining but sometimes focussing on the minutiae a bit too much.Published 1 month ago by Brian
The pleasure derived from reading a Bryson book is limitless. I'm so fortunate to have a brother who introduced me to his books.Published 1 month ago by Richard Parker
Another laugh out loud, fall out of bed guffawing book by Bill Bryson. Read it on the flight to Australia and embarrassed myself by bursting into laughter several times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Expat