By Bill Bryson
A vintage FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING writer OF ONE summer time
After dwelling in Britain for 2 a long time, invoice Bryson lately moved again to the USA along with his English spouse and 4 young ones (he had learn someplace that almost three million americans believed they'd been kidnapped via aliens—as he later positioned it, "it used to be transparent my humans wanted me"). They have been greeted by way of a brand new and enhanced the US that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice isn't really a luxurious merchandise.
Delivering the bright comedian musings which are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger right here Myself recounts his occasionally disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result's a publication packed with hysterical scenes of 1 man's try and reacquaint himself together with his personal state, however it can be a longer if now and then bemused love letter to the fatherland he has again to after two decades away.
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