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Made in America by Bill Bryson
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Jan 17, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, absolute-favorites, everyday-history
Read in January, 2009

First of all, whoa.
This book is deceptive, it looks big to begin with but there's a staggering number tangents, tales and facts crammed in it. I really enjoyed the approachable, conversational tone that Bryson maintained throughout the book. It was like chatting with a friend (so it's okay if you don't remember everysingledetail) rather than a lecture from a professor (where you damn well better remember it all, bucko).
I wish there had been more information pertaining specifically to the evolution of American English, since that's what the title implied the book would be about. On the other hand though, I'm pretty easy to please as long as there's plenty of interesting trivia and humor. Bryson delivers easily on those requirements.

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