The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
Reviewed by Chuck Leddy
Christian Science Monitor
"Bill Bryson is such a funny and evocative writer that he can transform the least promising material into something memorably hilarious. He's written a memoir about his 1950s boyhood in Des Moines, Iowa, that begins by warning us that 'what follows isn't terribly eventful' and apologetically concludes 'No one died. Nothing ever went seriously wrong.' In a typical moment, Bryson describes a school field trip to the museum of the Iowa State Historical Society 'where you discovered that not a great deal had ever happened in Iowa; nothing at all if you excluded ice ages...." Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review.