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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.
Amusing and very reflective of the confusion one feels upon returning to the US after an absence of some length.Published 5 days ago by K. G. McCoy
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“I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away” by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns... Read more
I enjoyed it; humorous, but thoughtful. I especially liked the comparisons between life in US and England.Published 6 days ago by Carolyn Massoud
I have just moved to America and relate to this book so well. A must read for visitors and returnees alike.Published 17 days ago by Shelley
Can't wait for another bill Bryson book. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
As a transplant from uk to usa this is spot on
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Peter Webb
I love Bryson's work and this is a superb read - treat yourself and enjoy!Published 1 month ago by PWB