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I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
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Feb 10, 2009

it was ok
Read in March, 2009

Contains such fascinating tidbits as:
VCRs: Needlessly complicated!
Americans: Friendlier, fatter than Brits!
Kids these days: not what they used to be!

And yet I chuckled on nearly every page. So sue me.
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message 1: by Inge-Marie (new)

Inge-Marie OK, do you REALLY enjoy Bill Bryson, or are you reading him out of some Midwesterner's personal obligation? Everything I've read by him just drives me totally nuts. Boring, self-indulgent, not as funny as he finds himself....
keep me posted on how you enjoy this! I'm willing to be educated.

emily Inge-marie--see my review above. This was definitely not his best work, and strays into Andy Rooney territory. I think of him as a slightly corny uncle--not as funny as he thinks he is, sure, but there are some yuks in there.

message 3: by Inge-Marie (new)

Inge-Marie I think YOU should be writing the book - then it would be genuinely filled brimful with laffs....
I confess, I am bitter and resentful because my sister-in-law has given us no fewer than 3 of his books; and twice I've managed to say "I don't actually like him as a writer" and yet still they keep coming under the tree....

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