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The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid: Travels Through my Childhood (Bryson) Paperback – 4 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552772542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552772549
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 251 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

"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)

"Characteristic mixture of bemused wit, acerbic astonishment and sweet benevolence... Evocation of an era is near perfect: tender, hilarious and true" (The Times)

"Outlandishly and improbably entertaining... inevitably [I] would be reduced to body-racking, tear-inducing, de-couching laughter" (The New York Times)

"Seriously funny" (The Sunday Times)

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Bill Bryson on his most personal journey yet: into his own childhood in America's Mid-West.

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