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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid : A Memoir
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid A Memoir
Author: Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American ch...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780767919364
ISBN-10: 076791936X
Publication Date: 10/17/2006
Pages: 288
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3.9 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Great book. He has such a wonderful sense of humor and "everyday guy" persona. Bryson's writing is always engaging and easy to read. I liked it so much it may be one of those rare books I actually read again.
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I am a child of the fifties. In fact, the author and I were born in the same year, in the same WEEK (I'm 4 days older). So I lived through many of the same events as Bill Bryson did. But boy, can he find humor in the most mundane things. Cottage cheese for instance. My contacts were floating away in my eyes as I laughed to the point of tears as he discussed cottage cheese of all things.
These little slices of life, growing up in the fifties as par of ...wonder of wonders... a FUNCTIONAL (as opposed to dysfunctional) family brought back so many wonderful memories. Most of his stories would be relevant to anyone growing up in the US no matter what era, but those of us born in or near the 50's will find ourselves nodding and laughing as we read this wonderful book. I loved it.
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This is a low-key but delightful look back at Bryson's growing up years in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1950s. It's not as ambitious as some of his earlier books, like A Walk in the Woods or In a Sunburnt Country, but there are some laugh-out-loud bits, and lots of little details and trivia that paint a picture of life in a simpler time. If you enjoyed his other books, you'll probably get a chuckle out of this one, too.
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Everyone I know "of a certain age" absolutely loves this book. You'll find yourself nodding your head in recognition or shaking your head in disbelief. No doubt about it. Bryson captures the era.
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This was an enjoyable read of life growing up in the 50s and the way people thought. Sometimes it was laugh out loud funny. Having grown up in the 60s and that simpler time of sheltered childhood, I found it very entertaining.
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I wasn't able to enjoy this book as I'd anticipated. I'm only figuring it was because he was writing about a time in my life remembered well and my annoyance in being dragged back there again.

I just couldn't get into the warm fuzzies he wrote about with such affection. My attention kept wandering elsewhere.
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What a great way to reminisce! I could relate to so much of what he was talking about! The 50's were the best!
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I couldn't put this book down. It was informative, concise, touching and very very funny. I was sad when it was over and it made me want to pick up more Bill Bryson books.

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