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The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
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Oct 14, 2007

it was ok
Recommended for: the older generation
Read in October, 2007

Bill Bryson's works are not great literature but are usually informative and enjoyable. After living in England for 20 years, Bryson returned to his home town of Des Moines, Iowa, and from there journeyed around the country looking for the perfect small town. I was pleased to learn that one of the town's closest to his image was my hometown, Idaho Falls, Idaho. I was not pleased to learn that the nearby National Reactor Testing Station had discovered that plutonium was leaking from some of its waste tanks into the groundwater under the area. However, that aside, several times I found myself laughing out loud at some of his comments, particularly on unusual human traits. Other titles I have read and enjoyed were The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything.

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