“Offers an outsider’s refreshing perspective on the vastness and variety of America. Delightfully funny and informative.” (Library Journal)
“Most entertaining. His writing style proves to be as pleasurable as his presenting.” (The Independent (UK))
“An insightful and fascinating look into what makes this country of contradictions tick. ” (Herald Sun (Australia))
“Informative, charming and witty. A delight from Maine to Hawaii.” (Sunday Tribune (South Africa))
“Covering 50 states in eight months in a black London cab, Fry offers up a delectable slice-of-life of America.” (Financial Mail (South Africa))
Britain's best-loved comic genius, Stephen Fry, turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his chariot of Englishness, a black London cab.
Stephen Fry has always loved America. In fact, he came very close to being born here. His fascination for the country and its people sees him embarking on an epic journey across America, visiting each of its fifty states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, and beliefs creates such a remarkable nation. Stephen starts his journey on the East Coast and zigzags across America, stopping in every state from Maine to Hawaii, talking to each state's hospitable citizens, listening to music, visiting landmarks, viewing small-town life and America's breathtaking landscapes, following wherever his curiosity leads him.
En route he discovers the South Side of Chicago with blues legend Buddy Guy, catches up with Morgan Freeman in Mississippi, strides around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch, marches with Zulus in Mardi Gras in New Orleans, drums with the Sioux Nation in South Dakota, joins a Georgia family for Thanksgiving, "picks" with bluegrass hillbillies, and finds himself in a Tennessee garden full of dead bodies.
Whether in a club for failed gangsters in Brooklyn, New York (yes, those are real bullet holes), or celebrating Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts (is there anywhere better?), Stephen is welcomed by the people of America—mayors, sheriffs, newspaper editors, park rangers, teachers, and hoboes, bringing to life the oddities and splendors of each locale. A celebration of the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange, Stephen Fry in America is the author's homage to this extraordinary country.See all Editorial Reviews
Mr Fry is a treasure and his book is a wonderful read about his trip across the United States. It is a good match for the BBC production of the same name. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Miller
I just sort of thumbed through it. Not really my type of book, but a friend wanted it, so I bought it for her. It's very British humor, which I just don't get. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Groucho
I watched all episodes of Fry's series in America, and absolutely LOVED this companion book! In it, he expands on his adventures as seen on the episodes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by norcalgal
English actor/comedian Stephen Fry visits each of our 50 states. However, he doesn't stick to tourist-y destinations. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Judith
A great way to share stories with friends and family about America. This book will help my friends plan their next visit to the USPublished 18 months ago by VERONICA W.
If you've never read anything by Stephen Fry, you've got to get started. In this book, he travels to every state in America, offering his opinions and comments of a country about... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eddie Webster