Twelve words in a Bill Bryson book changed my friend Ann's life. Ann was 34, living in her native England, and bored by her job as an office manager for a government contractor. Then she read Bryson's book.
Andrey: "We don't trust you." American negotiator: "You don't trust us?" American negotiator: "There are checks on the safeguards
The Appalachian Trail is back in the news these days. Some of us have indelible memories of our experiences on the trail. Here's my tale of tracing the entire length of it, years back, in, uh, a rented Geo Prizm.
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte co-star in the film "A Walk In the Woods," which is based on a book of the same name by Bill Bryson. It is an aimless film about two disparate men who team up to walk the Appalachian Trail, a trek of some seventeen hundred miles.
The movie adaptation of A Walk in the Woods is on solid footing with Bill Bryson's chronicle of the struggles, discomforts, and deprivations he endured -- and gratifications he derived -- as he explored the Appalachian Trail in the spring and summer of 1996. The book conveys the trepidations he experienced -- the perils encountered, and imagined.
Nick Nolte grabs this film and walks away with honors. Every second that he is on screen is memorable. A Walk in the Woods is a sensitive, delicate, seamless comedy. Not the guffawing laugh fest implied in its horrible trailer.
Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.
For week 47 of 52 books in 52 weeks I read Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927. And for week 48 I read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life Is a Fascinating, Funny Exploration of How We Came to Live As We Do
"At Home" is one of the most delightful, incisive, exhaustively studied, and truly humorous histories I have ever read. The book is not new. It was published three years ago. And why I never got around to writing about it I'll never know.
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Nothing happened, really. Just compounded disappointment in our social and economic welfare that got too heavy and broke
I picked it up because--as I've blogged about before--I'd read Bill Bryson's book At Home, which was fascinating but not
Bill Bryson On Stephen Colbert: How Did People Have Sex When Everyone Lived In The Same Room? (VIDEO)
Shocked, Colbert asked: "How did you make more people in front of everybody else?" "You made more people in front of everybody
2009 has been a fantastic year for kids' picture books, and parents, you'll love them as much as your children do. There's