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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'm a huge fan of Bill Bryson; his sense of humor really comes out in his writing. Bill could make anything interesting, in fact he has in some of his other books. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Etta Williams
To put it simply, Bill Bryson is my favorite living American author and apparently could rewrite the phone book so as to make it interesting and amusing. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Robrt F Dunphy
Bill Bryson's best book -- a wonderful collection of essays that are both funny and insightful.Published 27 days ago by J Mark Carr
I normally enjoy Bill Bryson's dry humor and irreverent but thought-provoking insights. One Summer and The Lost Continent are still among my all time favorites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bizzy Reading
As someone who returns periodically and after many years away to my native country (England) I so understand that feeling of finding yourself feeling like a stranger in a place... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylvia Marlow
Comic take on living in America after a 20 year absence. A lot of it rings true but clearly this was written prior to 9/11 and the suspicion and divisiveness that came subsequent.Published 1 month ago by David S. Ross
After 20 years of living in England, this (American) author returns to the US and finds that so much has changed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sergiu Pobereznic (author)