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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
The Lost Continent Travels in Small-Town America Author:Bill Bryson Includes index. — In my memory, our vacation were always taken in a big blue Rambler station wagon. It was a cruddy car -- my dad walways bought cruddy cars, until he got to the male menopause and started buying zippy red convertibles -- but it had the great virtue of space. My brother, sister and I in the back were miles away from my parents u... more »p front, in effect in another room. We quickly discovered during illicit forays into the picnic hamper that if you stuck a bunch of Ohio Blue Tip mathes into an apple or a hardboiled egg, so that it resembled a porcupine, and casually dropped it out the tailgate winodw, it was like a bomb. It would explode with a small bang and a surprisingly big flash of blue flame, causing cars following behind to veer in an amusing fashion. My dad, miles away up front, never knew what was going on or could understand why all day long cars would zoom up alongside him with the driver gesticulating furiously, before tearing off into the distance. "What was that all about?" he would say to my mother in a wounded tone.
...It was against this disturbed and erratic background that I became gripped with a curious urge to go back to the land of my youth and make what the blurb writers like to call a journey of discovery.