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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Bryson Narrator: Bill Bryson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/8/2014

    " Another good read from Bill Bryson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 2/2/2014

    " For those of us who were born in 1951 or grew up in the 1950s, it brings back a lot of memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane | 1/28/2014

    " Very entertaining memoir of growing up in the midwest. I could identify!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 1/27/2014

    " loved this-- funny and sweet. Plus, he gives you a lot to reflect on regarding the changing structure of our cities, businesses and consumer habits. "

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