πŸ“’ Author : Bill Bryson
πŸ“’ Publisher : Broadway Books
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2006-10-17
πŸ“’ Pages : 224
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0767926315
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : From one of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of One Summer, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American centuryβ€”1951β€”in the middle of the United Statesβ€”Des Moines, Iowaβ€”in the middle of the largest generation in American historyβ€”the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)β€”in his headβ€”as "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normalityβ€”a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you. He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate portraits of his father, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises, and OF his mother, whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home. The many readers of Bill Bryson’s earlier classic, A Walk in the Woods, will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz, seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer. He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers, who apply their scientific skills and can-do attitude to gleefully destructive ends. Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young.


πŸ“’ Author : Bill Bryson
πŸ“’ Publisher : Random House
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2010-03-02
πŸ“’ Pages : 592
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781409095699
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Travel

SYNOPSIS : β€˜Funny, wise, learned and compulsive’ - GQ Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes from a Big Country, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in America, Bryson tells the story of how American arose out of the English language, and along the way, de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn’t won, why Americans say β€˜lootenant’ and β€˜Toosday’, how they were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the words G-string, blockbuster, poker and snafu. β€˜A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualities’ Will Self, Independent on Sunday


πŸ“’ Author : Bill Bryson
πŸ“’ Publisher : HarperCollins UK
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2012-04-23
πŸ“’ Pages : 272
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780007368969
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : International bestseller Bill Bryson brings us this brilliantly readable biography of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.


πŸ“’ Author : Jon K. Lauck
πŸ“’ Publisher : University of Nebraska Press
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2018-11-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 396
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781496201829
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : History

SYNOPSIS : In comparison to such regions as the South, the far West, and New England, the Midwest and its culture have been neglected both by scholars and by the popular press. Historians as well as literary and art critics tend not to examine the Midwest in depth in their academic work. And in the popular imagination, the Midwest has never really ascended to the level of the proud, literary South; the cultured, democratic Northeast; or the hip, innovative West Coast. Finding a New Midwestern History revives and identifies anew the Midwest as a field of study by promoting a diversity of viewpoints and lending legitimacy to a more in-depth, rigorous scholarly assessment of a large region of the United States that has largely been overlooked by scholars. The essays discuss facets of midwestern life worth examining more deeply, including history, religion, geography, art, race, culture, and politics, and are written by well-known scholars in the field such as Michael Allen, Jon Butler, and Nicole Etcheson.


πŸ“’ Author : Bill Bryson
πŸ“’ Publisher : Penguin UK
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2015-06-02
πŸ“’ Pages : 256
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780241974544
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Language Arts & Disciplines

SYNOPSIS : Troublesome Words is playful and riddlesome guide to the English language from the bestselling author of Notes from a Small Island and A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson What is the difference between mean and median, blatant and flagrant, flout and flaunt? Is it whodunnit or whodunit? Do you know? Are you sure? With Troublesome Words, journalist and bestselling travel-writer Bill Bryson gives us a clear, concise and entertaining guide to the problems of English usage and spelling that has been an indispensable companion to those who work with the written word for over twenty years. So if you want to discover whether you should care about split infinitives, are cursed with an uncontrollable outbreak of commas or were wondering if that newsreader was right to say 'an historic day', this superb book is the place to find out.


πŸ“’ Author : Bill Bryson
πŸ“’ Publisher :
πŸ“’ Release Date : 1985
πŸ“’ Pages : 256
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0312926359
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Europe

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πŸ“’ Author : Scott P. Richert
πŸ“’ Publisher : Marshall Cavendish
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2010-09-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 127
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0761441204
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Juvenile Nonfiction

SYNOPSIS : "A biography of writer Bill Bryson that describes his era, major works, and life"--Provided by publisher.


πŸ“’ Author : Bill Bryson
πŸ“’ Publisher : Random House
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2010-12-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 544
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780552776233
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category :

SYNOPSIS : After nearly two decades in Britain, when Bryson took the decision to move Mrs Bryson, little Jimmy et al. back to the States, he made one last valedictory tour around old Blighty, resulting in Notes from a Small Island, a heartfelt eulogy to the country that produced Marmite, milky tea, Gardeners' Question Time and people who say, 'Mustn't grumble'. And while residing in New England to give his family a taste of the American way of life, he wrote the columns that became Notes from a Big Country, revealing the strange appeal of breakfast pizza, the jaw-slackening direness of US TV, and the answer to the puzzle of why nobody in America ever walks anywhere.


πŸ“’ Author : Tatiana Borisova
πŸ“’ Publisher : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2012-11-21
πŸ“’ Pages : 185
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9789004203327
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Law

SYNOPSIS : This volume offers readers a stimulating perspective on both struggles and cooperation on the Cold-War’s legal front and regard for its political context. It covers the era of Stalinism up to the post-Communist period of the 1990s and 2000s.


πŸ“’ Author : Bill Bryson
πŸ“’ Publisher : Random House
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2015
πŸ“’ Pages : 426
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781784161835
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Australia

SYNOPSIS : It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life - a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. Ignoring such dangers - and yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging: their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this...