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text 2020-04-28 02:14
A Walk in the Woods - DNF
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

On three attempts, I made it all the way to page 9. This is just not my kind of thing, so I'm not going to even rate it. 

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text 2020-04-26 03:16
A Walk in the Woods - 0/397 pg
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

Why do I have this on my shelf? I've had the hardcover on my shelf for 6 years and I have no idea why. But the Book Genie picked it for my next TBR read, so here we go. 

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text 2019-09-16 21:34
The Bookmark Episode 1
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster - Adam Higginbotham
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective - Kate Summerscale
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - Candice Millard
Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays - Michael Paterniti
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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness - Susannah Cahalan
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler - Lynne Olson
One Summer: America, 1927 - Bill Bryson

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review 2019-09-07 12:35
USA für alle
Streiflichter aus Amerika: Die USA für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene (German Edition) - Bill Bryson,Sigrid Ruschmeier

Eine warme Empfehlung von meiner lieben Leonie. Ich bekam schon kleine Einblicke durch Sprachnachrichten von ihr. Sehr unterhaltsam. 

Das Buch ist eine Sammlung der Kolumne von Bill Bryson und zeigt die wundersame Welt der USA mit all ihren Eigenheiten und Besonderheiten. Besonders witzig, da Mister Bryson selbst US-Bürger ist, aber sein eigenes Land nach 20 Jahren Großbritannien wieder neu entdeckt. Nicht immer ist er besonders begeistert von seinem Heimatland, doch ist jedes Mal eine großzügige Portion Humor und Sarkasmus dabei. Das erfreut mein Herz natürlich besonders. Zudem ist es sehr kurzweilig und kann wunderbar zwischendurch gelesen werden. Nichts muss man sich merken. Ohne Vorbehalte kann man sich in die klischeehafte Welt der US-Amerikaner stürzen und sich begeistern lassen für technische Herausforderungen, künstlich neongelben Sprühkäse und abstruse Freundlichkeit der Amerikaner. Und trotz all der Ironie und des spitzfindigen Blickes des Autors bleibt eine liebevolle Art mit der Bryson seine Mitbürger beschreibt. Schön

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review 2019-03-30 01:40
Totally insensitive
Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson chronicles the walking expedition that the author took across Great Britain right before he moved back to the United States. I loved how his enjoyment of the countryside (particularly Yorkshire) came through in his beautiful descriptions. If he had only stuck to his descriptions of the idyllic countryside and the interesting monuments and things that he saw there I would have enjoyed this book. Instead he interjected his beliefs/prejudices/stereotypes about different groups of people and it really turned me off of the entire book. The first note that I wrote after reading this was simply "I don't like Bill Bryson."


What he poked fun of (a shortlist):

  • fat people (fat shaming a family at a restaurant and staring so much they moved tables)
  • Asperger's (a trainspotter widower he met was too excited about trains apparently)
  • Lewis Carroll (described him as a "poor perverted mathematician" when pedophilia was only rumored never proven)
  • Parkinson's (need I say more?)


The only good things that came out of this is that I'll probably visit Warwick Castle and Snowshill Manor in the future...and I'll never read anything else from Bill Bryson.


For another viewpoint, check out the critique of A Walk in the Woods by Mary Jean Ronan Herzog entitled "Including Appalachian Stereotypes in Multicultural Education: An Analysis of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods" in the Journal of Appalachian Studies Vol. 5 Issue 1. 


What's Up Next: HiLo: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick


What I'm Currently Reading: Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers by Kathleen T. Isaacs


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