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Notes From A Big Country

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Bill Bryson has the rare knack of being out of his depth wherever he goes, even (perhaps especially) in the land of his birth. This became all too apparent when, after nearly two decades in England, he upped sticks with Mrs Bryson, little Jimmy et al, and returned to live in the country he left in his youth. Of course, there were things Bryson missed about Blighty: the Open University, Boxing Day, Branston Pickle and irony, to name but a few. But any sense of loss was countered by the joy of rediscovering some of the forgotten treasures of his childhood: the glories of a New England autumn, the pleasingly comical sight of oneself in shorts, and motel rooms where you can generally count on being awakened in the night by a piercing shriek and the sound of a female voice pleading, 'Put the gun down Vinnie, I'll do anything you say'. When an old friend asked him to write a weekly dispatch from New Hampshire, Bill firmly turned him down. So firm was he, in fact, that gathered here is 18 months' worth of his popular columns about that strangest of phenomena, the American way of life. Whether discussing the dazzling efficiency of the garbage disposal unit, the exoticism of having your groceries bagged for you, the jaw-slackening direness of American TV or the smug pleasure of being able to eat beef without having to wonder if when you rise from the table you will walk sideways into the wall, Bill Bryson brings his inimitable brand of bemused wit to bear on the world's richest and craziest country.

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 1998

ISBN: 9780385410199

Condition Ratings

Book is Very Good. Very faint browning to page edges.

Dustjacket is Near Fine. Light shelf wear and lightly rubbed at corners.

Slipcase condition is N/A

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 1998

ISBN: 9780385410199

Condition Ratings

Book is Very Good. Very faint browning to page edges.

Dustjacket is Near Fine. Light shelf wear and lightly rubbed at corners.

Slipcase condition is N/A

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