In a Sunburned Country Book PDF

In a Sunburned Country

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre : True Crime
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN : 0767903862

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In a Sunburned Country Book Description :

The author takes readers on a tour of the land Down Under that goes far beyond packaged-tour routes.

Down Under Book PDF

Down Under

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre : Australia
  • Pages : 426
  • ISBN : 9781784161835

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Down Under Book Description :

It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life - a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. Ignoring such dangers - and yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging: their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this...

Quicklet on Bill Bryson s In a Sunburned Country  CliffNotes like Summary  Book PDF

Quicklet on Bill Bryson s In a Sunburned Country CliffNotes like Summary

  • Author : Ben Mitchell Lewis
  • Publisher : Hyperink Inc
  • Release Date : 2012-02-24
  • Genre : Study Aids
  • Pages : 27
  • ISBN : 9781614649564

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ABOUT THE BOOK “This is a country that loses a prime minister and that is so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world’s first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland almost four years would pass before anyone noticed. Clearly, this is a place worth getting to know.” In a Sunburned Country is Bill Bryson’s seventh book on travel. Published just five years after his much-celebrated travelogue of Great Britain, Notes from a Small Island, the book takes on a much bigger topic: Australia. The book was published just before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and some later editions have an appendix chronicling Bryson’s time spent as a spectator. Yet, the focus of the book is on Bryson’s several trips to the massive island over the course of a year. Bryson finds himself hopping back and forth between various points in Australia, his home in New England, and a few other international locales. He never strays for long though, and much of the book is spent in the car and at dozens of hotels, pubs, and attractions along Australia’s 23,000 mile coastline. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Next we meet Alan Howe, an old friend from London. Along with his wife, Carmel, Howe takes Bryson on several adventures to natural wonders, many of which are quite near his vacation home in the hills. After journeying with Howe for a few days, Bryson again strikes out on his own and heads north towards Brisbane. In the midst of his travels, he digresses into a chapter about Australia’s native people—the Aborigines. The history is unbelievable. The Aborigines are an incredibly ancient tribe who still astound scientists today. After a short time walking the beaches of the Gold Coast and extolling the history of the area, Bryson departs, returns home for a time, then returns for the final leg of his trip. In part three, “Around the Edges,” Bryson careens towards the wilder parts of the country. He is accompanied by Allan Sherwin, a friend

When the Polls Lie Book PDF

When the Polls Lie

  • Author : Oliver Capps
  • Publisher : Lennex
  • Release Date : 2013-01
  • Genre : Uncategorized
  • Pages : 44
  • ISBN : 5458804899

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When the Polls Lie Book Description :

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "In a Sunburned Country." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

I m a Stranger Here Myself Book PDF

I m a Stranger Here Myself

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Broadway
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre : Humor
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : UOM:39015043798639

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I m a Stranger Here Myself Book Description :

The author describes his return to America after two decades of living abroad and his disconcerting reunion with his homeland as he discusses motels, tax-return instructions, hardware stores, and other topics

Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words Book PDF

Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2002-09-17
  • Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780767910477

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Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words Book Description :

One of the English language’s most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise, mistake-free grammar. As usual Bill Bryson says it best: “English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense. This is a language where ‘cleave’ can mean to cut in half or to hold two halves together; where the simple word ‘set’ has 126 different meanings as a verb, 58 as a noun, and 10 as a participial adjective; where if you can run fast you are moving swiftly, but if you are stuck fast you are not moving at all; [and] where ‘colonel,’ ‘freight,’ ‘once,’ and ‘ache’ are strikingly at odds with their spellings.” As a copy editor for the London Times in the early 1980s, Bill Bryson felt keenly the lack of an easy-to-consult, authoritative guide to avoiding the traps and snares in English, and so he brashly suggested to a publisher that he should write one. Surprisingly, the proposition was accepted, and for “a sum of money carefully gauged not to cause embarrassment or feelings of overworth,” he proceeded to write that book—his first, inaugurating his stellar career. Now, a decade and a half later, revised, updated, and thoroughly (but not overly) Americanized, it has become Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, more than ever an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language. With some one thousand entries, from “a, an” to “zoom,” that feature real-world examples of questionable usage from an international array of publications, and with a helpful glossary and guide to pronunciation, this precise, prescriptive, and—because it is written by Bill Bryson—often witty book belongs on the desk of every person who cares enough about the language not to maul or misuse or distort it.

A Short History of Nearly Everything Book PDF

A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Release Date : 2012-05-15
  • Genre : Science
  • Pages : 624
  • ISBN : 9780385674508

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A Short History of Nearly Everything Book Description :

One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Book PDF

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-04-30
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780307373625

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Book Description :

From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.” Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people’s hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman. Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.” In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young.

At Home Book PDF

At Home

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013-10-29
  • Genre : Dwellings
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN : 0385679432

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At Home Book Description :

Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and At Home is likely to become the most illuminating book on the way we lived then and live now--the why and the where and the how of it--ever written. Now, in this handsome new edition, his sparkling prose will be enhanced by some 200 carefully curated full-colour images from both the past and the present. Selected from a staggering array of sources to bring Bill's journey to vivid life, these pictures will make reading At Home an immersive experience. When you've finished this book, you will see your house--and your daily life--in a new and revelatory light.

At Home Book PDF

At Home

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2013-10-29
  • Genre : House & Home
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 9780385679442

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At Home Book Description :

Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and At Home is likely to become the most illuminating book on the way we lived then and live now--the why and the where and the how of it--ever written. Now, in this handsome new edition, his sparkling prose will be enhanced by some 200 carefully curated full-colour images from both the past and the present. Selected from a staggering array of sources to bring Bill's journey to vivid life, these pictures will make reading At Home an immersive experience. When you've finished this book, you will see your house--and your daily life--in a new and revelatory light.

The Body Book PDF

The Body

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Random House Large Print Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre : Medical
  • Pages : 736
  • ISBN : 0593106296

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The Body Book Description :

Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail.

Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words Book PDF

Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words

  • Author : William Bryson
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Release Date : 2013-05-07
  • Genre : English language
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0385679955

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Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words Book Description :

One of the English language's most skilled and beloved writers guides us all towards precise, mistake-free usage. In the middle 1980s Bill Bryson was a copy editor for the London Times with the brash idea that he could fill a hole in the British book market for a concise, accessible, handy guide to proper usage. A complete unknown, he nonetheless sold Penguin Books on the idea, and the result was The Penguin Dictionary of Troublesome Words, which sold decently enough on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, fifteen years later, Bill Bryson has become, well, Bill Bryson -- and his terrifically useful little book has been revised, updated and Americanized to become Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words. Precise, prescriptive, sometimes (like its author) amusingly prickly, this book belongs on the desk of every person who cares enough about our language not to maul or misuse or distort it. Move over, Strunk and White.

The Road to Little Dribbling Book PDF

The Road to Little Dribbling

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2016-01-19
  • Genre : Travel
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780385539296

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The Road to Little Dribbling Book Description :

A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy.

Neither Here Nor There Book PDF

Neither Here Nor There

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Harvill Secker
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre : Europe
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : IND:30000038694000

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Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors Book PDF

Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-06-22
  • Genre : Reference
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780307373267

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Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors Book Description :

From one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling authors, a terrifically useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers. What is the singular form of graffiti? From what mythological figure is the word “tantalize” derived? One of the English language’s most skilled writers guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage. Covering spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and foreign names and phrases, Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors will be an indispensable companion for all who care enough about our language not to maul, misuse, or contort it. As Bill Bryson notes, “English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense.” This dictionary is an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language.

Bill Bryson s African Diary Book PDF

Bill Bryson s African Diary

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Doubleday UK
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre : Kenya
  • Pages : 63
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105026189519

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Bill Bryson s African Diary Book Description :

Invited by CARE International, the author of "In a Sunburned Country" now visits Kenya and observes the many contrasts of Kenyan life, from the country's dramatic geography and famous game reserves to its postcolonial poverty and environmental problems. The author's earnings from this diary, as well as a portion of the profits, go to CARE. of color photos.

Notes from a Small Island Book PDF

Notes from a Small Island

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : M&S
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre : Bryson, Bill
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780771017049

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Notes from a Small Island Book Description :

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson made the decision to move back to the States for a while, to let his kids experience life in another country, to give his wife the chance to shop until 10 p.m. seven nights a week, and, most of all, because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, and it was thus clear to him that his people needed him. But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had for so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of the nation’s public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyze what precisely it was he loved about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy, place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells, people who said “Mustn’t grumble,” and shows like “Gardener’s Question Time.”

A Walk in the Woods Book PDF

A Walk in the Woods

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Broadway
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre : Travel
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN : 0767902521

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A Walk in the Woods Book Description :

Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts

One Summer Book PDF

One Summer

  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre : Travel
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN : 9780385680882

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One Summer Book Description :

In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest of the time), a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth (so famous that Minnesota consider renaming itself after him). It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that have made him our favorite writer of narrative non-fiction, he rolls out an unforgettable cast of vivid and eccentric personalities to bring to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage and changed the world forever.