I'm a Stranger Here Myself is a collection of stories written by Bill Bryson about his experiences returning to the United States with his wife and fo...moreI'm a Stranger Here Myself is a collection of stories written by Bill Bryson about his experiences returning to the United States with his wife and four children after spending 20 years living in the UK. The essays are short (no more than 4 pages each), funny, and generally entertaining. Bryson pokes fun at many of the more frustrating aspects of American life: over-consumption, driving culture, bureaucracy, etc. I found myself laughing out loud while reading this book.
While the book is fun in small doses, the more you read, the more Bryson sounds like a whiner, and his tendency to neo-luddism can get frustrating. Definitely give it a read, but maybe reserve it for the subway or the bathroom.(less)
Allow me to begin by quoting Chris Rock: "You know 'the stripper myth.' The stripper myth is: 'I'm stripping to pay my tuition.' No you're not! There's...moreAllow me to begin by quoting Chris Rock: "You know 'the stripper myth.' The stripper myth is: 'I'm stripping to pay my tuition.' No you're not! There's no strippers in college! There's no clear heels in biology! Shit, I didn't know they had a college that only took one-dollar bills. If they've got so many strippers in college, how come I never got a smart lap dance? I never got a girl that sat on my lap and said 'if I was you, I would diversify my portfolio. You know, ever since the end of the Cold War, I find NATO obsolete.' I haven't met her yet. If I do, she's gonna get a big tip."
Well, apparently Heidi Mattson is the stripper myth. After attempting to work several jobs on and off campus and taking three years of financial leave, Heidi finally decides to earn quick cash at teh Foxy Lady to make ends meet.
Her story, while entertaining, doesn't seem entirely credible. For example, she can't doesn't aduequately explain how/why she lost what seems like an un-losable lawsuit against the unviersity - and then decided to re-enroll anyway.
So the book was a great subway read, but I can't imagine others finding it as interesting as I did unless they also went to Brown.(less)