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Introductions (31 new)
Jan 26, 2011 10:13AM

50x66 Welcome all! I'm not the host here (I do host a similar group if you look at my profile :), but I'm glad nonetheless to see new faces. Sounds like you all have lots to contribute!
Dec 28, 2010 06:06PM

50x66 ok, thanks for explaining :)
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Dec 28, 2010 05:42PM

50x66 Hope you're ok! Btw, I got In a Sunburned Country from my library already so I'll have to push to read it real soon.
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Dec 27, 2010 09:50AM

50x66 Go Robert! You can do it! :)
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Dec 22, 2010 09:06AM

Dec 21, 2010 02:09PM

50x66 On topic? I'm sorry; I'm confused - I'd've thought talking about Bryson's books in the Bryson folder would be appropriate.... ?
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Dec 21, 2010 02:06PM

50x66 Sorry. I just meant, come back here and post a comment telling us about your reactions to At Home: A Short History of Private Life after you're done reading it, so we can read what you thought. :)
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Dec 19, 2010 06:31PM

50x66 Please come back and post your rx to At Home (I assume that's what you meant.)
Thunderblot Kid (2 new)
Dec 19, 2010 06:23PM

50x66 The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid does look interesting for a true Bryson fan, or for those who feel a connection to that time and place, I'm sure.
Dec 19, 2010 06:16PM

50x66 Thanks for the post, and the nudge. I'll have to get around to reading this soonish!
In a Sunburned Country
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Nov 27, 2010 04:02PM

50x66 Just read almost 1/2 of Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe. More witty whines, still not enough insights about the places or peoples. Funny is not enough for me.

I do see that somehow I've not been getting notifications of discussions in this group, so I'm off to see what-all other travel books I could be checking out.
Nov 24, 2010 09:34AM

50x66 Gypsies. Memoir of a child actually running away from home (with parents' permission!) and living w/ the Rom for 10 years. Mostly pre-WWII - but in a sense still valid because the nomads (according to Yoors) live almost wholly in the present, w/ little history and little foresight. Lots of interesting ideas, for example just now I learned (according to the author, again) that there's actually no such thing as a King of the Gypsies.
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Aug 20, 2010 09:45AM

50x66 Otoh I loved A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. I read it when my dad was planning his thru-hike of the AT. He read it, too, and so did my college-age son who was planning to join my dad for the second half of the hike.

We all agreed that the book was mostly silly fun and definitely not a guide to hiking or to the trail. We also agreed that if read with the proper skepticism it could still provide a reader with some insights about hikers and other people.

Btw, my dad did complete the AT, has since done several other thru-hikes (Tahoe Rim, Colorado, Arizona, and Ice-Age) and is currently planning the Pacific Crest. He's undecided about the Continental Divide.
Bill Bryson (11 new)
Aug 20, 2010 09:38AM

50x66 Personally, I had trouble with Notes from a Small Island. Too often he'd say something like "The British do this...." and then a few pp later say "The British do that...." and the claims are contradictory. I'm sorry, I don't remember examples, but I know it bugged me several times. Oh, and the claims were in sentences written to be absolutist and general.

So, maybe it was all tongue-in-cheek - maybe it was meant to point out how silly it is for people to generalize (stereotype). But it didn't read that way to me.

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