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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.
Great stories by one of the best English writers. Book is well printed.Published 4 days ago by James Dylan
Really enjoying the author's witty observations - have read it in waiting areas and literally been laughing out loud. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marie Elena
This journalist is comfortable, easy to read: a great story teller, with a gentle sense of humor.
Love his work.
I always like his style and many of these essays made me laugh out loud. But, this book was written almost 20 years ago. Read morePublished 17 days ago by A. Good Customer
Wonderful fun. A compilation of columns written for a British audience over a three year span. Typical Bryson fun and insight. Go and enjoy, that's all I'm saying.Published 22 days ago by Wesley J. Szypszak
Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Barbara Saffer