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

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 After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and f...

DownloadRead Online
Title:I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away
Author:Bill Bryson
Rating:
Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Notes from a Big Country
ISBN
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

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

  • Sarah
    Mar 10, 2010

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

  • Az
    Jul 31, 2008

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

  • Diane
    Jul 24, 2013

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

  • Cara
    Jan 07, 2008

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

  • Colin
    Dec 12, 2007

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

  • Mia Friel
    Jan 14, 2008

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

  • Robert Beveridge
    Feb 11, 2008

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

  • Valerie
    Jan 17, 2008

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

  • Emily
    Jun 14, 2008

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

  • Kaethe
    Jul 02, 2014

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

  • Cecily
    Jul 04, 2009

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

  • Jason Koivu
    Apr 22, 2017

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

  • Barbara
    Nov 20, 2014

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

  • Janel
    Sep 04, 2009

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

    Today I had a doctor's appointment and that is when I remembered I am also reading this book. It is a series of humorous columns written by the author detailing his experience returning to the US. It makes for quick reading and is good when I am somewhere busy like a waiting room or ai...

  • Florin Pitea
    May 16, 2015

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

    Today I had a doctor's appointment and that is when I remembered I am also reading this book. It is a series of humorous columns written by the author detailing his experience returning to the US. It makes for quick reading and is good when I am somewhere busy like a waiting room or ai...

    3.5/5 ...

    Lovely collection of articles. Funny, witty, charming, reads like a dream. I can hardly wait to begin reading another book by Mr. Bill Bryson. ...

  • Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson
    Feb 05, 2011

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

    Today I had a doctor's appointment and that is when I remembered I am also reading this book. It is a series of humorous columns written by the author detailing his experience returning to the US. It makes for quick reading and is good when I am somewhere busy like a waiting room or ai...

    3.5/5 ...

    Lovely collection of articles. Funny, witty, charming, reads like a dream. I can hardly wait to begin reading another book by Mr. Bill Bryson. ...

    About a quarter of the way through this, I realized that some things sounded rather familiar. It was only after searching on Good Reads, that I realized that I read this two years ago. Oh dear. A good friend had sent me a list of Bryson books to read in order. I'd taken careful note, b...

    Bill Bryson moves back to America after living in England for 20 years, and writes a weekly column for the two first years wherein he described every day things and events in his life. Later he turned these columns into a book, and called it "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" I would reco...

  • Chelle
    Sep 02, 2018

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

    Today I had a doctor's appointment and that is when I remembered I am also reading this book. It is a series of humorous columns written by the author detailing his experience returning to the US. It makes for quick reading and is good when I am somewhere busy like a waiting room or ai...

    3.5/5 ...

    Lovely collection of articles. Funny, witty, charming, reads like a dream. I can hardly wait to begin reading another book by Mr. Bill Bryson. ...

    About a quarter of the way through this, I realized that some things sounded rather familiar. It was only after searching on Good Reads, that I realized that I read this two years ago. Oh dear. A good friend had sent me a list of Bryson books to read in order. I'd taken careful note, b...

    Bill Bryson moves back to America after living in England for 20 years, and writes a weekly column for the two first years wherein he described every day things and events in his life. Later he turned these columns into a book, and called it "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" I would reco...

    Tal vez el libro más gracioso que he leído en mi vida. Los gringos no son tan prácticos como se cree, están locos y tan jodidos como nosotros. No lo digo yo, sino un gringo como Bill Bryson. ...

    This audiobook made me laugh out loud. A lot.The people that passed me on the highway this morning must have thought I was nuts. #audiodriving Bryson is hit or miss for me. This was a definite hit. I also will only listen to his audio books if William Roberts narrates. He is perfect. ...

  • Melki
    Mar 03, 2015

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

  • Alkatraz
    Jul 04, 2011

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

  • Negin
    Feb 16, 2015

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

    Today I had a doctor's appointment and that is when I remembered I am also reading this book. It is a series of humorous columns written by the author detailing his experience returning to the US. It makes for quick reading and is good when I am somewhere busy like a waiting room or ai...

    3.5/5 ...

    Lovely collection of articles. Funny, witty, charming, reads like a dream. I can hardly wait to begin reading another book by Mr. Bill Bryson. ...

    About a quarter of the way through this, I realized that some things sounded rather familiar. It was only after searching on Good Reads, that I realized that I read this two years ago. Oh dear. A good friend had sent me a list of Bryson books to read in order. I'd taken careful note, b...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Sep 10, 2017

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

  • Roy Lotz
    Aug 23, 2016

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

  • Mario
    Oct 17, 2015

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

  • Lyubov
    Aug 22, 2017

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

    Today I had a doctor's appointment and that is when I remembered I am also reading this book. It is a series of humorous columns written by the author detailing his experience returning to the US. It makes for quick reading and is good when I am somewhere busy like a waiting room or ai...

    3.5/5 ...

  • AgnÄ—
    Dec 18, 2014

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

  • Pollo
    Jun 28, 2018

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

    Today I had a doctor's appointment and that is when I remembered I am also reading this book. It is a series of humorous columns written by the author detailing his experience returning to the US. It makes for quick reading and is good when I am somewhere busy like a waiting room or ai...

    3.5/5 ...

    Lovely collection of articles. Funny, witty, charming, reads like a dream. I can hardly wait to begin reading another book by Mr. Bill Bryson. ...

    About a quarter of the way through this, I realized that some things sounded rather familiar. It was only after searching on Good Reads, that I realized that I read this two years ago. Oh dear. A good friend had sent me a list of Bryson books to read in order. I'd taken careful note, b...

    Bill Bryson moves back to America after living in England for 20 years, and writes a weekly column for the two first years wherein he described every day things and events in his life. Later he turned these columns into a book, and called it "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" I would reco...

    Tal vez el libro más gracioso que he leído en mi vida. Los gringos no son tan prácticos como se cree, están locos y tan jodidos como nosotros. No lo digo yo, sino un gringo como Bill Bryson. ...

  • Bianca
    May 16, 2018

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

  • Mack
    Sep 28, 2016

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...

    Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Broadway Books, 1999) At funtrivia.com, one of the (many) ways a quiz can go from a relatively high ranking to "very poor" between the time I start and the time I finish is a factual error that causes me to get a question wrong. Research is a...

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ?I?m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away? by Bill Bryson is a collection of seventy comical weekly columns written for the British newspaper ?Mail on Sunday? in 1996-1998. After living in Britain for almost two de...

    A wonderfully poignant collection of Bryson's published news paper article. After twenty years in England, where he married and had his children, Bryson returns to America to an interesting version of culture shock. We follow him over a few years worth of articles as he reeducates hims...

    I have always wanted to read Bill Bryson's books for a long time and can say that I found this novel extremely funny and saw me chuckling well into the night. It gave me a better understanding of the culture of Americans and the culture shock that Bryson found on returning to the Unite...

  • Miranda Reads
    Nov 07, 2017

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

  • J.K. Grice
    Oct 03, 2017

    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. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unset...

    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 experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he...

    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, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's go...

    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 and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many ...

    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 thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I'...

    Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles ...

    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. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especial...

    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 man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relev...

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

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read, which, I am told, was a mistake. I know several people who consider Bryson one of their favorite authors and they all seem to agree that this book is not a good "ambassador" for the rest of his work. This book is a collection of newsp...

    If you like reading brief, amusing but unrelated snippets about the oddities of life, this may be the book for you. There?s nothing very original in it, but some readers no doubt enjoy the empathy of saying ?Oh, I?ve always thought that too?. It?s a collection of short art...

    Bill Bryson grew up in Iowa, then spent twenty years in England. He has returned to the U.S. with his British wife and children. I'm a Stranger Here is selections from his newspaper column which chronicles his experiences. Some of them are funny, like "Dying Accents" and "The Best Amer...

    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 was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically ov...

    January 1, 1996 A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person. Library copy ...

    I read this several years ago, so I have no idea what it was about. But I do know that I have LOVED every Bill Bryson book that I have ever even seen, let alone read. I think Bill Bryson is very cool. I'd like him to be my neighbor. He could write stories about me. Like "I have thi...

    I always really want to love Bill Bryson, but never can quite get there, he's like the best friend you want to fall in love with, but just doesn't have the magic. Usually I get about halfway or even (on a good day) three-quarters of the way through his books and I start to find him ann...

    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and I found it laugh out loud funny. My husband was given it as a christmas gift and when he started reading it kept reading bits out to me because he thought they were so funny. We gave up on that approach and started reading it together ...

    I rated this a little lower than other books by Bryson because it shows the constraints of being a collection of newspaper columns, written to a length limit and a deadline. That said, there were some real gems in the mix. The column about re-learning an adult vernacular (spackle? Poly...

    What's not to like? It's Bryson... ;) ...