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I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away.

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The master humorist and bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods now guides us on an affectionate, hysterically funny tour of America's most outrageous absurdities.

After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly three million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new-and-improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. From motels ("one of those things--airline food is another--that I get excited about and should know better") to careless barbers ("in the mirror I am confronted with an image that brings to mind a lemon meringue pie with ears"), I'm a Stranger Here Myself chronicles the quirkiest aspects of life in America, right down to our hardware-store lingo, tax-return instructions, and vulnerability to home injury ("statistically in New Hampshire I am far more likely to be hurt by my ceiling or underpants than by a stranger").

Along the way Bill Bryson also reveals his rules for life (#1: It is not permitted to be both slow and stupid. You must choose one or the other); delivers the commencement address to a local high school ("I've learned that if you touch a surface to see if it's hot, it will be"); and manages to make friends with a skunk. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended, if at times bemused, love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

About the Author

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. For twenty years he lived in England, where he worked for the Times and the Independent, and wrote for most major British and American publications. His books include travel memoirs (Neither Here Nor There; The Lost Continent; Notes from a Small Island) and books on language (The Mother Tongue; Made in America). His account of his attempts to walk the Appalachian Trail, A Walk in the Woods, was a huge New York Times bestseller. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and his four children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553456509
Subtitle:
Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away.
performance Read:
Bryson, Bill
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Anecdotes
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
United States Social life and customs 1971- Anecdotes.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Five CD
Abridged:
Y
Series Volume:
124
Publication Date:
19990504
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
5 sound discs (6 hrs.)
Dimensions:
4.93x5.61x.95 in. .46 lbs.
Media Run Time:
360

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