I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

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I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away Read Online Free - After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

Title : I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away
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ISBN : 076790382X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Diane rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2014

Have you ever visited a foreign country for a length of time, to the point where you were caught up in a completely different lifestyle and society, and then when you finally returned home, you experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he moved back to...

Jason rated it ★★★☆☆

April 24, 2017

1000 BOOKS READ!!! Okay, maybe it's not an exact 1000. Some of the books I've added to my GR read list are not even books. On the other hand, I know I've forgotten some of the books I read as a kid, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's going to get. The...

Mario rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 07, 2015

First think I will say is that this isn't the book I would finish if I didn't have to, for university. I'm not saying that this book isn't good, I'm just saying that this book wasn't for me. Second thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I've ever needed...

Valerie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 17, 2008

As an expat about to return to the US, this book simply wasn't Weird enough for me. It in no way captures my experience of how completely absurd the US feels upon returning after an extended absence. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especially from radio a...

Roy rated it ★★★☆☆

September 02, 2016

Bill Bryson has become something like my spiritual guide. Taken together, his works form a roadmap for living life as a middle-aged, oversensitive, bookish, misanthropic, curious, and curiously inept man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relevant for me, bec...

Melki rated it ★★★☆☆

March 03, 2015

I normally love Bill Bryson's books. Unfortunately, I could swear this one was written by Andy Rooney.

Mia rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 07, 2008

This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newspaper articles t...

Cecily rated it ★★★☆☆

July 08, 2009

If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There’s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying “Oh, I’ve always thought that too”. It’s a collection of short articles written for a weekl...

Az rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 04, 2008

Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best American Holida...

Heather K (dentist in my spare time) rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 11, 2017

It pains me to say this because I just read, and LOVED, A Short History of Nearly Everything by the same author, but I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically overacted, and the co...

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