Books by Bill Bryson and Complete Book Reviews

Bill Bryson, Author William Morrow & Company $20 (254p) ISBN 978-0-688-10311-8
After 20 years as a London-based reporter, American journalist Bryson ( The Mother Tongue ) set out to retrace a youthful European backpacking trip, from arctic Norway's northern lights to romantic Capri and the ``collective delirium'' of Istanbul....
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Bill Bryson, Author William Morrow & Company $18.95 (270p) ISBN 978-0-688-07895-9
Linguistics as pop science: Mario Pei's works, such as The Story of Language , have shown how this formula can fascinate, and Bryson's ( The Lost Continent ) blend of linguistic anecdote and Anglo-Saxon cultural history likewise keeps us turning...
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Bill Bryson, Author . Broadway $19.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-7679-1042-2
Bestselling author Bryson's latest book is really his first: this guide to usage, spelling and grammar was first published in 1983 when Bryson (In a Sunburned Country, etc.) was an unknown copyeditor at the London Times, and has now been...
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Bill Bryson, Author . Broadway $26 (560p) ISBN 978-0-7679-0817-7
As the title suggests, bestselling author Bryson (In a Sunburned Country) sets out to put his irrepressible stamp on all things under the sun. As he states at the outset, this is a book about life, the universe and everything, from the Big Bang to...
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Bill Bryson. Doubleday, $28.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-385-53928-9
Bryson returns to his adopted country of Britain to revisit some of his favorite sites in this followup to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island, published in 1996. He discovers that some of these places, like Dorset, a coastal city Bryson...
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Bill Bryson, Author Broadway Books $25 (320p) ISBN 978-0-7679-0385-1
With the Olympics approaching, books on Australia abound. Still, Bryson's lively take is a welcome recess from packaged, staid guides. The author of A Walk in the Woods draws readers in campfire-style, relating wacky anecdotes and random facts...
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Bill Bryson. Doubleday, $28.95 (448p) ISBN 978-0-7679-1940-1
“People in 1920s America were unusually drawn to spectacle,” states Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything) in his prologue—an unusual claim that his latest, a sprawling account of a brief period in a singular year in that decade, seems to...
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Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95 (448p) ISBN 978-0-7679-1938-8
Bryson (A Short History of Everything) takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, and finds it crammed with 10,000 years of fascinating historical bric-a-brac. Each room becomes a starting point for a free-ranging discussion of
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Bill Bryson, Author Harper Perennial $14.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-380-72750-6
Wrote PW: ""Bryson shares what he loves best about the idiosyncrasies of everyday English life in this immensely entertaining travel memoir."" (May)
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Bill Bryson, Author Broadway Books $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7679-0381-3
Ex-expatriate Bryson, who chronicled one effort at American reentry in his bestselling A Walk in the Woods, collects another: the whimsical columns on America he wrote weekly, while living in New Hampshire in the mid-to-late 1990s, for a British...
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Bill Bryson, Author HarperCollins Publishers $19.95 (314p) ISBN 978-0-06-016158-3
Bryson, a freelance journalist, succumbed to nostalgia upon returning home to Iowa after living for 20 years in England: he decided to relive the dreary vacation car trips of his American childhood. Starting out at his mother's house in Des Moines,...
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Bill Bryson, Author Harper Perennial $14.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-380-71543-5
Bryson's blend of linguistic anecdotes and Anglo-Saxon cultural history proves entertaining but superficial. ``While his historical review is thorough. . . he mostly reiterates conventional views about English's structural superiority,'' said PW. ``H
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Bill Bryson, Author Harper Perennial $14.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-092008-1
Journalist Bryson decided to relive the dreary vacation car trips of his American childhood. Starting out at his mother's house in Des Moines, Iowa, he motors through 38 states over the course of two months, looking for the quintessential American...
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Bill Bryson, Author . Broadway $25 (270p) ISBN 978-0-7679-1936-4
Though billed as memoir, Bryson's follow-up to A Short History of Nearly Everything can only be considered one in the broadest sense. Sure, it's filled with Bryson's recollections of his Des Moines, Iowa, childhood. But it's also a...
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Bill Bryson, Author Harper Perennial $14.99 (432p) ISBN 978-0-380-71381-3
Bryson offers a playfully anecdotal account of the etymology of distinctive words and phrases that help to create a distinctly American English. (Mar.)
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Bill Bryson, Author . Atlas/HarperCollins $19.95 (199p) ISBN 978-0-06-074022-1
Considering the hundreds of thousands of words that have been written about Shakespeare, relatively little is known about the man himself. In the absence of much documentation about his life, we have the plays and poetry he wrote. In this addition...
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Bill Bryson, Author William Morrow & Company $25 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-14725-9
Before his return to the U.S. after a 20-year residence in England, journalist Bryson (Made in America) embarked on a farewell tour of his adopted homeland. His trenchant, witty and detailed observations of life in a variety of towns and villages...
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Bill Bryson, Author Doubleday $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7679-0251-9
Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he...
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Bill Bryson, Author, Bill Bryson, Read by , read by the author. Random House Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-1523-1
For most of his adult life, Bryson has made his home in the U.K, yet he actually entered the world in 1951 as part of America's postwar baby boom and spent his formative years in Des Moines, Iowa. Bryson wistfully recounts a childhood of...
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Bill Bryson. Doubleday, $30 (464p) ISBN 978-0-385-53930-2
Bryson (The Road to Little Dribbling), known for his travel narratives and, more recently, popular scientific works, turns his humorous and curious eye to the human body. Through anecdotes about scientific history and startling facts that seem too...
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