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									Bill BrysonBill Bryson
With a wacky worldview -- and wanderlust -- that garners him comparisons to everyone from Chaucer to Dave Barry, Bill Bryson entertains readers around the world with his travelogues and riffs on the intricacies of language.

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Bill Bryson
Current Home:
Hanover, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Des Moines, Iowa
B.A., Drake University, 1977
National Library Association Readers' Choice Award, 1999

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								Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir, Author: 
								Bill Bryson.

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Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
by Bill Bryson
As a boy, Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero, running around his neighborhood in a makeshift cape and proclaiming himself to be "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using his old fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality.

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								In a Sunburned Country, Author: 
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*  The Lost Continent (1989)
*  The Mother Tongue (1990)
*  Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (1993)
*  A Walk in the Woods (1998)
*  I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1999)
*  In a Sunburned Country (2001)
*  A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition (2003)
*  Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (2006)
*  Shakespeare: The World as Stage (2007)

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								A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Author: 
								Bill Bryson.

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson
From our editors: "Bryson, whose previous travelogues The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, and Notes from a Small Island have garnered the author quite a following, now returns to his native United States after more than two decades of living abroad. In order to rediscover America by, as he puts it, "going out into an America that most people scarcely know is there," he set out to walk, in the company of Stephen Katz, his college roommate and sometime nemesis, the length of the Appalachian Trail. His account of that adventure is at once hilarious, inspiring, and even educational."

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Adjective Angst

In an interview with Salon, Bryson discussed a challenge that often faces him when chronicling his travels. "The parts that I always struggle over are the parts where I'm describing the landscape and describing the way things look -- particularly if it's beautiful," he explains. "It's much easier for me to describe something that's ugly. Then you don't have all these clichés tumbling out at you."