From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the
English language, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing
up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book
that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.”
Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of
Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woolen jersey of
rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may
have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better.
It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed
with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible,
shoot guns out of people’s hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over
his jeans in the manner of Superman.
Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal
line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.” In this hilarious new memoir,
he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful
world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very
much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us,
it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes—especially to anyone who
has ever been young. Download and start listening now!