I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
I'm a Stranger Here Myself Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away Author:Bill Bryson 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 aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improv... more »ed 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.« less
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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.
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.
"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!
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.
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.