A backpacking expedition in 1973 brought Des Moines native Bill Bryson to England, where he met his wife and decided to settle. He wrote travel articles for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent for many years before stumbling into bestsellerdom with 1989's The Lost Continent, a sidesplitting account of his rollicking road trip across small-town America. In 1995, he moved his family back to the States so his children could experience "being American." However, his deep-rooted Anglophilia won out and, in 2003, the Brysons returned to England.
One of those people who finds nearly everything interesting, Bryson has managed to turn his twin loves -- travel and language -- into a successful literary career. In a string of hilarious bestsellers, he has chronicled his misadventures across England, Europe, Australia, and the U.S., delighting readers with his wry observations and descriptions. Similarly, his books on the history of the English language, infused with the perfect combination of wit and erudition, have sold well. He has received several accolades and honors, including the coveted Aventis Prize for best general science book awarded for his blockbuster A Short History of Nearly Everything.
Beloved on both sides of the pond, Bryson makes few claims to write great literature. But he is a writer it is nearly impossible to dislike. We defy anyone to not smile at pithy, epigrammatic opening lines like these: "I come from Des Moines. Someone had to."
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Signed, First Editions by Bill Bryson|
|The Lost Continent, 1989|
|Babe Didn't Point, 1989|
|The Mother Tongue, 1990|
|Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe, 1993|
|Made in America, 1995|
|Notes from a Small Island, 1996|
|A Walk in the Woods, 1998|
|I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999|
|Notes from a Big Country, 1999|
|The Penguin Dictionary for Writers and Editors, 1999|
|Bizarre World, 2001|
|In a Sunburned Country, 2001|
|My African Diary, 2002|
|Dictionary of Troublesome Words, 2002|
|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|