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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.
Well-written and witty as always, this is a great tongue-in-cheek perspective on British and American cultures.Published 2 days ago by katw
I really enjoyed this book by Bill Bryson. His books are always entertaining and but this one in particular happens to catch the ironies of some of our cultural practices here in... Read morePublished 6 days ago by 63 hawkeye
I make no apologies; I'm a devoted Bill Bryson fan. These little essays are charming and insightful and demonically funny in places. Read morePublished 7 days ago by William H. Chambliss
I read this book in one sitting on my flights from Florida to Pittsburgh. So it's good, but goes down easy like the junk food that Bryson is re-learning to love. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Julie Shuff
Such fun to read and gives an interesting commentary on America. We all probably think much the same but don't put it into words nearly as well. Look forward to reading more!Published 12 days ago by Jan
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 23 days ago by Racy Tracy