I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson audiobook

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away

By Bill Bryson
Read by Bill Bryson

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A classic from the New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body. 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 aliensas he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved 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.

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A classic from the New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body.

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 aliensas he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[A] terribly misguided and terribly funny tale of adventure....The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny. Washington Post
“Frank, funny, and poignant.” Los Angels Times
Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud. Chicago Sun-Times
A Walk In The Woods is an almost perfect travel book. Boston Globe
[Bryson is] great company from the start...equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley and...Dave Barry. The New York Times Book Review
Nobody has written anything like this book. It's funny--so funny I was laughing out loud and reading passages to anyone who would listen. Providence Journal-Bulletin
“Hysterically entertaining…Bryson is the funniest of today’s humorists.” Cincinnati Enquirer
“[Bryson is] a genuinely funny fellow…The best columns are those in which the author…allows his natural impatience and intelligence out of their cages. His advice to the graduating high school students…is lovely, while his ‘Rules for Living’…are pleasingly cranky…A column about how large America is and how few people actually live there turns into an illuminating jab at United States immigration policies and should be required reading for politicians.” New York Times Book Review
“Why are [Bryson’s books] so dazzlingly good? The simple answer: Bryson is funny…intelligent, witty, and sensitive to the absurd…Perhaps you are familiar with a writer that has Bryson’s mastery of language, wit, fascination with history and statistics, or impeccable comic timing (though if you are, please tell me—I’ve been looking for books that make me laugh like this for years).” Chicago Tribune
“A cross between de Tocqueville and Dave Barry, Bryson writes about today’s America in a way that’s both trenchantly observant and pound-on-the-floor, snort-root-beer-out-of-your-nose funny.” San Francisco Examiner
“Bryson’s marvelous sense of humor and wide-ranging curiosity let us share his delight at being a stranger in a truly strange land.” Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer
“[Bryson] can find the humor in a bag of hammers and, often enough, the lesson too…Truly and beguilingly, if you are a jaded resident of the USA, Bryson can rekindle your wonder and delight in the life and land around you.” Kirkus Reviews
“His immense talent as an observer and a humorist [makes] these essays worthwhile reading no matter what the context…Bryson once again proves that he is one of the foremost travel writers of our time.” Lexington Herald-Leader
“Bryson is a wry, funny writer…who could write about a sack of tenpenny nails and make it sound amusing…You’ll delight in Bryson’s waggish perspective.” Tampa Tribune
“A smashing collection of funny, self-deprecating, sometimes ironic…short essays…Bryson is a delightful writer and storyteller…There’s just enough of Jonathan Swift to give most of these commentaries a special, unique resonance.” The State

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Author Bio: Bill Bryson

Author Bio: Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is the New York Times bestselling author of At HomeA Walk in the WoodsThe Lost ContinentMade in AmericaThe Mother Tongue, A Short History of Nearly Everything—winner of the Aventis Prize—and various other works. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he now lives in England, where he has worked for both the Times and Independent and written for most other major British and American publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English