Friday, August 5, 2011

thoughts on: I'm a Stranger Here Myself

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years AwayI'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson

Bryson's collection of essays about returning to America after 20 years in England, were originally written for an English paper.  The pieces were a bit uneven.  Some were only skim worthy, while others were laugh out loud funny.

I found Bryson at both his funniest and when he was reminiscing about his childhood or talking about himself and his own family.  Who cannot relate to Christmas decorating, impatience, and road trips?  His issue-oriented essays fell rather flat.  Tax forms, government bureaucracy, politics - eh, not so much.

Still, most of the essays were enjoyable, and it was a perfect light summer read:  easy to pick up and read in quick stolen snippets of time.


The Reader said...

Putting this on my list for sure. We expect that our return to the US (when we return to live there again) will be around 5 years from now, having us living outside the US for around 9 years. If things go as we expect.

Not quite the 20 yrs of the author, but I imagine it'll be a good read for before we go home (and perhaps many times between now and then...).

Missus Wookie said...

Bother - not in my library, neither is the Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine or Richard Settersten.

I like Bill Bryson and find his comments on moving from England to the US very apt often.

Pigtown-Design said...

i read his 'notes from a small island' after returning from a long trip to the uk, and was laughing so hard on the plane, that i had to put the book down and compose myself.