Bookfanatic reviewed I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
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Funny account of Bryson's return to the USA after nearly two decades of life in England with his English wife and their four children. I found his perspective on America fascinating. He sees his home country with fresh eyes. I expected the book to be negative but it wasn't so. He mixes his trademark humor with sharp observations about life in America.
You think, "This isn't a funny subject," and then you find yourself laughing until the tears roll. Quite a few subjects hit home. I, too, grew up in Iowa's capitol city and have been known to read telephone books looking for unusual names. It must be a Des Moines thing. Excellent book to read when you want a good, loud, long laugh.
Erinyes - , reviewed I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (Abridged Audio Cassette) on + 279 more book reviews
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I really cannot say enough about this book or the author. I laughed out loud. He made me think and giggle. This is a collection of columns he wrote for a magazine in Britian. They are about his return to America. I did not enjoy every one of the essays but I enjoyed the vast majority of them. I cannot wait to read more of his work.
kickerdad - , reviewed I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (Abridged Audio Cassette) on + 48 more book reviews
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"I'm a Stranger Here Myself" is classic Bill Bryson but in a slightly different format from his other works. The book is a collection of news articles that he wrote for British newspaper during the 3 years after his move back to the US. Classic Bryson candor, self-depreciating humor, and out-of-the box observations fill the pages. Extremely readable, each chapter is only a few pages filled will iconic one-liners and thought provoking questions, as only Bill could ask! Great for someone with a busy schedule who needs brief interludes of distraction. And if you are a Bill Bryson fan, you'll love it!
Bill Bryson's books are wonderfully enjoyable reading. Not only do you learn a lot, but he is always funny. His humor is delightful. I've read 4 of his books now and have another on the way from paperbackswap. I highly recommend them.
Rachel S. - reviewed I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (Abridged Audio Cassette) on + 12 more book reviews
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A series of entertaining insightful columns written for a British newspaper about life in New England and in America overall. Most of the columns are very funny, and will leave you laughing out loud. I'd definitely recommend this book!
Nina S. reviewed I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (Abridged Audio Cassette) on + 10 more book reviews
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I write this as a big Bill Bryson fan who considers his worst to be more entertaining than most writers' best. That having been said, this is a compendium of short articles he wrote for a periodical upon returning to America after decades in England. They are breezy and amusing, but lack the thoughfulness and heft of his full-length books. This is just an appetizer - my advice to new Bryson readers is to go for the full meal, e.g., A Walk in the Woods, In A Sunburned Country, almost any of them - they're all wonderful, funny and full of amazing facts and insights.
After 20 years of living in England - Bryson, master of the humorous travelogue - gives us a glimpse of his take on his return to the US of A. Sure, there's humor, but the book - made up of columns Bryson wrote for a British audience - quite often takes a harsh view of the country that gave Bryson the basis for his skill. Perhaps I didn't enjoy seeing the ugly of our country pointed out (so much is true), but it wasn't my favorite of the Bryson books.
Really enjoyed reading this book. There are very few books that make me laugh out loud and I certainly embarrassed myself in coffee shops by starting to giggle uncontrollably at this book. Bill Bryson is a great writer who mixes comedy and commentary in a uniquely appealing way. I highly recommend reading any of his work.
I loved this book! It is a laugh-out loud account of the "culture" of the US from a guy who left for Britain two decades ago and has recently returned. Many times comedic is bitingly mean spirited, which is tedious for me- but Bryson is able to communicate the humor in a funny but loving, appreciative manner. Kudos! His stories are written as if he is your best friend, sitting in your living room, throwing back a pint or two and having a couple of laughs about, well, America.
A compilation of articles written for an English newspaper describing life in America. I was reminded of the many things I love about both America and England (I lived in England for 3 years in the early 90's.)
Delos - reviewed I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
A collection of articles he wrote upon returning to America after living in England for decades. Some are hysterical. I enjoyed it -and laughed out loud in the airport until people aked me if I was OK - because I like the deadpan English humor style he writes with. Not to mention the fact that he has no qualms about sharing his small public humiliations to make a story funnier. Poor guy. He seems to have Mr. Bean's bad luck, but with Mark Twain's eloquence, lucky for us.
Jillian G. reviewed I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (Abridged Audio Cassette) on + 2 more book reviews
This is an extremely humorous and insightful account of Bill Bryson's return to America after living in England for 20 years. Never has small town America looked this good, or hilarious. This is a joy to read - I'm only posting it because I also own the book in hardback, and I wanted to share.
An absolute must for those familiar with English culture living in America. I have had many a good chuckle re-living familiar episodes via Bryson's hilariously funny anecdotes. No Anglo-American is 'whole' without one of these in their library.
Bryson's commentary on American trends and habits is amusing--at times his point of view came across as strange, however, because these essays were originally written to be published in an English newspaper...so he says things like "You wouldn't believe how many breakfast cereals are for sale here!" or "There's something called a Slurpee..."
Overall it was entertaining but not exactly what I expected.