Tag Archives: Bill Bryson

Carnivores around every corner…a place where polar bears and people coexist


While reading a book that is especially enjoyable, I literally revel in it, not wanting the book to ever end. Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye by author Zac Unger is just such a book. It is a … Continue reading

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Aussie observations – Review of “In a Sunburned Country”


I just finished reading another great book by my favorite author, Bill Bryson. This one is entitled In a Sunburned Country and is about his travels across Australia.  As usual it is full of funny stories, fascinating facts, general observations, … Continue reading

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Des Moines in the 1950s and 60s as seen through “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”


You might wonder, “what the heck does a book entitled “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid“ have to do with urban planning or cities and why is it being reviewed under Urbanography?” Good question. Actually, Bill Bryson’s hilarious childhood … Continue reading

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A rip-roaring fun and sentimental memoir


I love reading books written by Bill Bryson. His sense of humor is downright hilarious and his writing style is both captivating and moving. I just finished reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, which I would easily … Continue reading

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Stories from a friend


I just had the pleasure of reading Bill Bryson‘s book The Mother Tongue, which is a fascinating compendium on the history of the English language. I know I would have been much more attentive in my English composition classes if … Continue reading

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