I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away

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Crown/Archetype, May 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliensas 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. 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.

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Another great book from Bill Bryson

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I ordered this for my husband because he really likes Bill Brysons books.He feels that Mr. Bryson finds humor in the most mundane things and hes read a good number of his books already. We lived in ... Read full review

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2.5, there are better Bill Bryson books out there. In fact all of his books are better than this one. Because the novel is just a collection of his newspaper articles it can become a bit repetitive ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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.

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