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Stephen Fry in America - Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry in America
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Britain's best-loved comic genius, Stephen Fry, turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his chariot of Englishness, a black London cab. Stephen Fry has always loved America. In fact, he came very close to being born here. His... show more
Britain's best-loved comic genius, Stephen Fry, turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his chariot of Englishness, a black London cab. Stephen Fry has always loved America. In fact, he came very close to being born here. His fascination for the country and its people sees him embarking on an epic journey across America, visiting each of its fifty states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, and beliefs creates such a remarkable nation. Stephen starts his journey on the East Coast and zigzags across America, stopping in every state from Maine to Hawaii, talking to each state's hospitable citizens, listening to music, visiting landmarks, viewing small-town life and America's breathtaking landscapes, following wherever his curiosity leads him. En route he discovers the South Side of Chicago with blues legend Buddy Guy, catches up with Morgan Freeman in Mississippi, strides around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch, marches with Zulus in Mardi Gras in New Orleans, drums with the Sioux Nation in South Dakota, joins a Georgia family for Thanksgiving, "picks" with bluegrass hillbillies, and finds himself in a Tennessee garden full of dead bodies. Whether in a club for failed gangsters in Brooklyn, New York (yes, those are real bullet holes), or celebrating Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts (is there anywhere better?), Stephen is welcomed by the people of America—mayors, sheriffs, newspaper editors, park rangers, teachers, and hoboes, bringing to life the oddities and splendors of each locale. A celebration of the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange, Stephen Fry in America is the author's homage to this extraordinary country.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061456381 (0061456381)
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
Pages no: 313
Edition language: English
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Rinn Reads
Rinn Reads rated it
3.0
I somehow completely missed watching this TV series when it was on air a couple of years ago. I've always been aware of it, and caught the occasional bit of an episode (always the same one... about the Body Farm. Normally whilst eating.), but never watched much of it.I learnt quite a bit whilst read...
If These Books Could Talk
If These Books Could Talk rated it
4.0 Stephen Fry in America
Lovely little bite-size travelogue of the 50 states. Only criticism, much like the tv show it accompanied, is that some states are woefully undersold.
Book Trauma
Book Trauma rated it
4.0
If you want an in depth look at the USA I suggest you find another book. However, if you want a slightly humorous and a very Fry centric view, read on!I never for once thought that he was going to do more then touch down, do a few highlighted things for each state then move on. I wasn't disappointed...
Scotto, He likes the books.
Scotto, He likes the books. rated it
2.0 Stephen Fry in America
a far too brief skim over the bbc series of the same name. (which can only cover so much in each episode, as it is.) View the series, but the book is hardly a companion piece.
Deb's books
Deb's books rated it
4.0
I enjoyed this, it was funny and interesting to see his point of view, but be warned that this was written for the British and he is speaking directly to them. Some of the explanations could be very confusing if you don't realize that. Even though this is a US edition, almost nothing is translated, ...
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