Friday, April 06, 2007

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

After 20 years of living in England, Bill Bryson and his family have returned to America to live in a small town in New Hampshire. He has been asked by a journalist friend in London to write a weekly column on America. The column was to be published in a supplement to a Sunday newspaper in London. Bill reluctantly agrees, well maybe Bill never agreed but his publisher friend would not take no for an answer.

In I'm a Stranger Here Myself are Bill's weekly columns written over a period of a few years. Not realizing how difficult it could be to write on a weekly basis (he says, "the thing about a wekly column is that it comes up weekly"), he chooses topics from the mundane (dental floss and garbage disposals) to the thought provoking (government and taxes) all with the wit and sarcasm associated with his writing. This is a hialrious look at everyday American life.


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