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by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson’s laugh-out-loud pilgrimage through his Fifties childhood in heartland America is a national treasure.
Bill Bryson’s laugh-out-loud pilgrimage through his Fifties childhood in heartland America is a national treasure. It’s full of insights, wit, and wicked adolescent fantasies. Bill Bryson's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England's third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain's Royal Society.
SO THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT NOT VERY MUCH: about being small and getting larger slowly.
You really should never fuck with the Thunderbolt Kid. Chapter 2. Welcome to kid world. AP)-Great news for boys! A prominent doctor has defended a boy’s right to be dirty. SO THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT NOT VERY MUCH: about being small and getting larger slowly. One of the great myths of life is that childhood passes quickly.
The Thunderbolt Kid (aka Bill Bryson ) will be your trusty tour guide. Ah, the 50s-a time when cigarettes made you healthy, your daily dose of amphetamines came in morning cereal, soda was the elixir of life, and prominent doctors defended a boy's right to be dirty
The Thunderbolt Kid (aka Bill Bryson ) will be your trusty tour guide. Ah, the 50s-a time when cigarettes made you healthy, your daily dose of amphetamines came in morning cereal, soda was the elixir of life, and prominent doctors defended a boy's right to be dirty. In his telltale jocular but informative manner, Bryson lets his readers in on some of his childhood exploits, as well as the hopes and fears of the era.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is a 2006 memoir by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. The book delves into Bryson's past, telling of his youth growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, during the 1950s and early 1960s. It also reveals the backstory between himself and Stephen Katz, who appeared in A Walk in the Woods and "Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe.
And their books were read. I remember once Willoughby showed me a paragraph about farm-boy bestiality he had come across in a long article about something else altogether in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Their room was more laboratory than bedroom. There was apparatus everywhere-beakers, vials, retorts, Bunsen burners, jars of chemicals of every description-and books on every subject imaginable, all well-thumbed: applied mechanics, wave mechanics, electrical engineering, mathematics, pathology, military history. The Willoughby boys were always doing something large-scale and ambitious.
Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality-a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you.
Bill Bryson chokes up. I can’t imagine there has ever been a more . Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site. Continue reading the main story. I can’t imagine there has ever been a more gratifying time or place to be alive, he writes. Excerpted by permission.
Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, I come from Des Moines. It combines the story of the imaginary figure, the Thunderbolt Kid and the story of the real figure, Bryson into a souped-up childhood memoir. Somebody had to. In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young. A book that delivers on the promise that it is laugh-out-loud funny.
Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.
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