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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

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Publisher Comments:

BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author.

From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.”

Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of peoples hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman.

Bill Brysons first travel book opened with the immortal line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.” In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes - especially to anyone who has ever been young.

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"For most of his adult life, Bryson has made his home in the U.K, yet he actually entered the world in 1951 as part of America's postwar baby boom and spent his formative years in Des Moines, Iowa. Bryson wistfully recounts a childhood of innocence and optimism, a magical point in time when a distinct sense of regional and community identity briefly — but blissfully — coexisted with fledgling technology and modern convenience. Narrating, Bryson skillfully wields his amorphous accent — somehow neither fully British nor Midwestern — to project a genial and entertaining tour guide of lost Americana. In portraying the boyish exploits of his 'Thunderbolt Kid' superhero alter ego, he convincingly evokes both the unadulterated joys and everyday battles of childhood. As an added bonus, the final CD features an interview with Bryson in which he reflects on the process of writing his autobiography and discussing the broader social and cultural insights that he gleaned from the experience. Simultaneous release with the Broadway hardcover (Reviews, July 10). (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language comes a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. Unabridged. 7 CDs.

About the Author

Bill Brysons bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Im a Stranger Here Myself, and In A Sunburned Country. He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739315231
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Regional Subjects - Midwest
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Authors -- United States.
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Six CD
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.12 x 5.42 x 1 in .4 lb
Media Run Time:
510

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "For most of his adult life, Bryson has made his home in the U.K, yet he actually entered the world in 1951 as part of America's postwar baby boom and spent his formative years in Des Moines, Iowa. Bryson wistfully recounts a childhood of innocence and optimism, a magical point in time when a distinct sense of regional and community identity briefly — but blissfully — coexisted with fledgling technology and modern convenience. Narrating, Bryson skillfully wields his amorphous accent — somehow neither fully British nor Midwestern — to project a genial and entertaining tour guide of lost Americana. In portraying the boyish exploits of his 'Thunderbolt Kid' superhero alter ego, he convincingly evokes both the unadulterated joys and everyday battles of childhood. As an added bonus, the final CD features an interview with Bryson in which he reflects on the process of writing his autobiography and discussing the broader social and cultural insights that he gleaned from the experience. Simultaneous release with the Broadway hardcover (Reviews, July 10). (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language comes a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. Unabridged. 7 CDs.
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