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Stephen Fry in America Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007266340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007266340
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.1 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A fascinating look at one of the world's most complex and confusing countries, this is a story told with the wit and warmth we expect from Fry.' Stoke on Trent Sentinel

‘A very funny take on life across the pond.’
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From the Author

  • Lobster fishing in Maine.
  • Electioneering with Mitt Romney for the New Hampshire primaries.
  • Went to a real witch’s ball at Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween.
  • Sailed an Admiral Cup winning yacht in Rhode Island.
  • Went down into a nuclear submarine in Connecticut.
  • Mixed my own Ben and Jerry’s flavour in Vermont.
  • Went deer hunting in upstate New York.
  • Hung out with ancient toothless wise guys from the old days in the borough of Queen’s, New York; drove Sting down Broadway.
  • Learned to deal Blackjack in the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City New Jersey
  • Zoomed round Washington DC in a Segway.
  • Went to the Veteran’s Day ceremony in Arlington, Virginia with VP Dick Cheney.
  • Went down a coal mine in West Virginia.
  • Sold a thoroughbred yearling and got insanely ratted in a bourbon distillery in Kentucky.
  • Picked with Bluegrass hillbillies and found myself in a garden full of dead bodies in Tennessee. Was appointed an official duckmaster in Memphis, an honour I share with Kevin Bacon and Oprah Winfrey.
  • Went ballooning over the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.
  • Enjoyed Thanksgiving in a grand plantation house in Georgia.
  • Went to a gay bar in Georgia and watched a drag act ... "Honey, there’s more of us than you’d believe."
  • Watched a college football game in Alabama that was bigger than the FA Cup final. 100,000 in the stadium, two hundred thousand crowded outside it.
  • Sat in court in Montgomery as families pleaded for their children’s parole.
  • Swam with dolphins and danced with snowbirds in Florida.
  • Marched with the Zulus on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, was blessed at a voodoo ceremony (or possibly cursed). Witnessed the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the Lower Ninth Ward.
  • Went oystering down in the gulf of Mexico and farmed with murderers and lifers at the Angola state penitentiary in the rest of Louisiana.
  • Canoed along the Mississippi in Arkansas.
  • Sat and talked about the blues with Morgan Freeman in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
  • Watched the girls of Clarksdale High lose a basketball match.
  • Hung out in the ice and snow amongst the homeless in St Louis, Missouri.
  • Had my brain examined by a Maharishi psychologist at the Maharishi University in Iowa. Went nuts trying to find alcohol in Vedic City, Iowa, a city founded by followers of the Maharishi.
  • Rode with the fire brigade in Elkhart, Indiana. Looked a dick in the uniform. Breathing apparatus got stuck on me.
  • Rode a Model T-Ford around Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village, Michigan.
  • Discovered the South Side of Chicago with blues legend Buddy Guy.
  • Cast and buffed and dipped and polished a genuine Oscar at the factory where they are made in Chicago.
  • Improved with the Second City revue.
  • Milked sheep in Wisconsin and was pulled in an Amish sled.
  • Went ice-fishing in Minnesota and caught a fish.
  • Strode around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch and inspected his herd of buffalo.
  • Helicoptered over the Canadian border with the National Border Patrol.
  • Poured water over Idaho to demonstrate the nature of the continental divide.
  • Was pulled by huskies in Wyoming.
  • Ate German food at a diner in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Stayed on the Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota and drummed with the young braves.
  • Went trucking in Nebraska.
  • Went down a missile bunker in Kansas.
  • To a rodeo in Oklahoma.
  • Attended an Indian Pow Pow in Denver and caused an explosion on the slopes at Aspen, Colorado.
  • Drove along the Rio Grande with Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas and watched Mexicans trying to smuggle themselves over the border.
  • In New Mexico went to Los Alamos where the first Atom bomb was made; ballooned along a canyon and went inside an earth ship.
  • Barbecued with the Navajo deep inside Monument Valley and had a Navajo weaving lesson.
  • In Nevada played a spy game in Las Vegas and found myself in a legal brothel outside Reno talking to well breasted women.
  • Flew in a WW2 B17 bomber from Phoenix to Tucson, Arizona and played a scene in a western in the old Tucson studios. Got shot. Death scene lasted 12 minutes, nearly a Tucson record. Beaten by Deforest Kelley, later Dr McCoy, in a B western.
  • Drank wine in California’s Napa Valley, chewed the fat with Jony Ive, designer of the iMac, iPod and iPhone. Shot a .44 magnum in Ukiah, California, guest of the sheriff.
  • Raided a marijuana farm in Mendocino County.
  • Camped out in a place known to be frequented by Big Foot, the Sasquatch in Grant’s Pass, Oregon.
  • Swam with sea otters and seals in Seattle, Washington. Said goodbye to the taxi.
  • Went fishing in and looking for bears in Kodiak, Alaska. Went north to the arctic circle and skidooed with some Eskimos.
  • Went to an observatory in the tallest mountain in the world in Hawaii. Canoed like in the title sequence of Hawaii 5 O. Flew over lava field and watched new bits of America, five acres a week, being made as the molten lava hit the sea. Swam with sharks, flew a microlite around the islands.

And more, so so so much more you wouldn’t believe.

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