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"A wittily incisive book about innocence, and its limits, but in no sense an innocent book...Like Alan Bennett, another ironist posing as a sentimentalist, Bryson can play the teddy-bear and then deliver a sudden, grizzly-style swipe...might tell us as much about the oddities of the American way as a dozen think-tanks." (Boyd Tonkin Independent)
"Always witty and sometimes hilarious...wonderfully funny and touching." (Literary Review)
"A funny, effortlessly readable, quietly enchanted memoir...Bryson also provides a quirky social history of America...he always manages to slam on the brakes with a good joke just when things might get sentimental." (Daily Mail)
"Takes us on yet another amiable ramble through terrain viewed with his characteristic mixture of bemused wit, acerbic astonishment and sweet benevolence...we come closest to the real Bryson in this, his first true memoir...encompasses so much of human experience that you want to smile and sob at once...Bryson's evocation of an era is near perfect: tender, hilarious and true." (The Times)
"He can capture the flavour of the past with the lightest of touches...marvellous set pieces...As a chronicler of the foibles and absurdities of daily life, Bryson has few peers." (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bill Bryson on his most personal journey yet: into his own childhood in America's Mid-West. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Growing up in Des Moines is different from growing up in England, but growing up is the same all over the world. Bill Bryson's unique style is as readable as ever. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Renko
Bryson paints a detailed picture of America in the 1950s with exceedingly humorous anecdotes and characters. I enjoyed every page and was sad when the book ended, as it has too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr Solomons
All of his books deliver.
A light humorous, yet informative read.
If you read one of Bill's books, read them all
Having read many Bill Bryson books and enjoyed them, I was disappointed by this one. There were some laugh-out-loud moments, but on the whole I found it rather dullPublished 1 month ago by MW
This is so funny and an ideal light read. You will laugh out loud. So not suitable for the quiet zone!!Published 3 months ago by Louise Manders
His books are always a great read, read and enjoyed, well packagedPublished 4 months ago by compulsive reader
The first Bill Bryson book I have read, and as it covers his early life I thought it would be a good place to start. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diggerfan