I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away

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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
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780767903820
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  • Miranda Reads

    Who says you can't go home?Bryson grew up in America, married his English wife and moved to England with her. Now, after 20 years across the pond, he moves back. And that's when things got weird. Co...

  • Diane

    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 experi...

  • Bianca

    When in doubt and/or a funky reading mood, pick a Bill Bryson book - that's my (newest) motto.As much as I'd love to re-read favourite books - if only to reacquaint myself with the story/characters an...

  • Jason Koivu

    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, s...

  • Valerie

    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. ...

  • Mario

    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 thi...

  • Barbara

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill BrysonBill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to...

  • Melki

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

  • Roy Lotz

    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 ...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    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 w...