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The lost continent : travels in small town America / Bill Bryson

Bryson, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0436071835 / ISBN 13: 9780436071836
Published by London : Secker & Warburg, 1989
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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Slightest hint of tanning to page margins. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. FLATSIGNED by the author.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 262 pages; Physical desc. : 262p. ; map (lining-papers) ; 25cm. Subject: Bryson, Bill - Travel - United States. Cities and towns - United States. Travel - Handbooks, manuals, etc. United States - Description and travel - 1981- . United States - Social life and customs - 1971- . Summary: Bill Bryson drove 14,000 miles in search of the mythical small town of his youth. Instead he found a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger joints; a continent lost to itself through greed, pollution and television, and lost to him because he had become a foreigner in his own country. A funny and serious view of smalltown America. Hardback Kg. 262 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 179933

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Title: The lost continent : travels in small town ...

Publisher: London : Secker & Warburg

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Bill Bryson drove 14,000 miles in search of the mythical small town of his youth. Instead he found a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger joints; a continent lost to itself through greed, pollution and television, and lost to him because he had become a foreigner in his own country. A funny and serious view of smalltown America.

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A travelogue by Bill Bryson is as close to a sure thing as funny books get. The Lost Continent is no exception. Following an urge to rediscover his youth (he should know better), the author leaves his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that takes him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook.

With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colourful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it. Gentler elements aside, The Lost Continent is an amusing book. Here's Bryson on the women of his native state: "I will say this, however--and it's a strange, strange thing--the teenaged daughters of these fat women are always utterly delectable ... I don't know what it is that happens to them, but it must be awful to marry one of those nubile cuties knowing that there is a time bomb ticking away in her that will at some unknown date make her bloat out into something huge and grotesque, presumably all of a sudden and without much notice, like a self- inflating raft from which the pin has been yanked."

Yes, Bill, but be honest: what do you really think?

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