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Made in America by Bill Bryson
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from December 06, 2011 to January 10, 2012

You always get one thing from a Bill Bryson book--an excellent sense of humour. He has this excellent dry wit that means he can talk about anything and be entertaining. He has actually kind of proved this point by writing about topics as varied as Shakespeare, dialects, travel, science, growing up, etc.

This book is about the history of the American language i.e. English with a twist. It's more than that though really. It's kind of a history of America, with details about the language thrown in. Bryson should really just write an American history book. He does a great job of correcting a lot of the commonly believed rumours that most Americans believe. These parts of the book are brilliant.

Unfortunately I did not enjoy the sections where he just lists new words and throws in a few details. These bits are hard to read and a little dry. That should be a big problem in a book that is all about language, but these bits are few enough that you can just skip them and enjoy the rest of the book.

Another thing that needs to be noted is how well researched this book is. Sometimes I was reading it and was just blown away by some of the things he comes up with.

Not his best, but still has everything you need from a Bryson book.


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