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I'm a Stranger Here Myself

I'm a Stranger Here Myself - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0767903820

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ISBN13: 978-0767903820
ISBN10: 076790382X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Broadway Books
Published: 1999
International: No

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I'm a Stranger Here Myself - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0767903820

Bill Bryson

ISBN13: 978-0767903820
ISBN10: 076790382X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Broadway Books

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens -- as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1. Coming Home 1

2. Mail Call 5

3. Drug Culture 9

4. What's Cooking? 13

5. Well, Doctor, I Was Just Trying to Lie Down 17

6. Rule Number 1 : Follow All Rules 20

7. Take Mc Out to the Ballpark 24

8. Help! 28

9. A Visit to the Barbershop 31

10. On the Hotline 35

11. Design Flaws 39

12. Room Service 43

13. Consuming Pleasures 47

14. The Numbers Game 51

15. Junk-Food Heaven 55

16. How to Have Fun at Home 59

17. Tales of the North Woods 63

18. The Cupholder Revolution 69

19. Number, Please 73

20. Friendly People 77

21. Why Everyone Is Worried 81

22. The Risk Factor 85

23. The War on Drugs 89

24. Dying Accents 93

25. Inefficiency Report 97

26. Why No One Walks 101

27. Wide-Open Spaces 105

28. Snoopers at Work 109

29. Lost at the Movies 113

30. Gardening with My Wife 117

31. Ah. Summer! 121

32. A Day at the Seaside 125

33. On Losing a Son 129

34. Highway Diversions 133

35. Fall in New England 138

36. The Best American Holiday 142

37. Deck the Halls 146

38. Fun in the Snow 151

39. The Mysteries of Christmas 155

40. Life in a Cold Climate 159

41. Hail to the Chief 163

42. Lost in Cyberland 167

43. Your Tax Form Explained 171

44. Book Tours 175

45. The Waste Generation 179

46. A Slight Inconvenience 185

47. At the Drive-In 189

48. Drowning in Red Tape 194

49. Life's Mysteries 198

50. So Sue Me 202

51. The Great Indoors 206

52. Death Watch 210

53. In Praise of Diners 214

54. Shopping Madness 218

55. The Fat of the Land 222

56. Your New Computer 226

57. How to Rent a Car 231

58. The Wasteland 235

59. The Flying Nightmare 239

60. Enough Already 243

61. At a Loss 248

62. Old News 252

63. Rules for Living 256

64. Our Town 261

65. Word Play 265

66. Last Night on the Titanic 269

67. Property News 273

68. Life's Technicalities 277

69. An Address to the Graduating Class of Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, New Hampshire 281

70. Coming Home : Part II 285

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