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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
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Bill Bryson is best suited for travel writing, where his crotchety personality shines through and assures us that the act of traveling is not always as romantic as Kerouac would have you believe-in other words, its ok to go through hell before you start to have a good time. His memoirs are good because he is funny and disparaging and all that Bryson is supposed to be, but the preachiness regarding the decline of small-town middle America is a bit much. You can't quite avoid the feeling that he wouldn't consider your own childhood, spent in suburbia and various McDonald's, quite worthy of the great nostalgia and idealism that he attaches to 1950's Iowa. Basically, I felt kind of crappy for being born in the 80's.
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