Bill Bryson

1 A Walk in the Woods

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Humor  Science & Nature  Nature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1998-05-04
Description :  <b>A CLASSIC FROM THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF <i>ONE SUMMER <br /></i></b><br />Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes<b>—</b>and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.<br /><br />For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> has become&#xa0;a modern classic of travel literature.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

2 One Summer

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-10-01
Description :  <b>A <i>Chicago Tribune</i> Noteworthy Book<br />A GoodReads Reader's Choice<br /><br />In <i>One Summer</i> Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.</b><br /><br />The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days—a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s <i>The Jazz Singer</i>, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.<br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and <i>One Summer</i> transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

3 A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  World  Books  History  Science & Nature  Essays 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2003-05-06
Description :  <b>One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of <i>One Summer</i> takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.<br /></b><br />In <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail<b>—</b>well, most of it. In <i>A Sunburned Country</i>, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand<b>—</b>and, if possible, answer<b>—</b>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. <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything </i>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.

4 Notes from a Small Island

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Travel & Adventure  Books  Humor  Essays & Memoirs 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-06-02
Description :  Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.

5 The Road to Little Dribbling

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Europe  Books  Travel & Adventure  History  Europe  Essays & Memoirs 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2016-01-19
Description :  <b>A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes&#xa0;of unseemly laughter.</b><br /><br /> Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was <i>Notes from a Small Island,</i> 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. <i>The Road to Little Dribbling</i> reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, <i>really </i>funny guy.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

6 In a Sunburned Country

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Humor 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2000-06-06
Description :  <b>Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. </b><br /><br />His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>. <i>In A Sunburned Country</i> is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.<br /><br />Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. <br /><br />Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.

7 At Home

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Art & Architecture  Books  Arts & Entertainment  Lifestyle & Home  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2010-10-05
Description :  In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes&#xa0;<i>At Home</i>&#xa0;one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.<br />

8 A Short History of Nearly Everything

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  World  Books  History  Science & Nature  Essays 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2003-05-06
Description :  <b>One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of <i>One Summer</i> takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.<br /></b><br />In <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail<b>—</b>well, most of it. In <i>A Sunburned Country</i>, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand<b>—</b>and, if possible, answer<b>—</b>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. <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything </i>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.

9 The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States  Humor 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2006-10-17
Description :  <b>From one of the world's most&#xa0;beloved writers and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>One Summer</i>, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s<br /><br /></b>Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as "The Thunderbolt Kid." <br /><br />Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality—a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you. He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate portraits of his father, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises, and OF his mother, whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home. The many readers of Bill Bryson’s earlier classic, <i>A Walk in the Woods,</i> will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz, seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer. He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers, who apply their scientific skills and can-do attitude to gleefully destructive ends. <br /><br />Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, <i>The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid</i> is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young.

10 The Mother Tongue

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Humor 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-06-02
Description :  With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

11 Neither here nor there

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Humor 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2015-06-02
Description :  In the early seventies, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe—in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. He was accompanied by an unforgettable sidekick named Stephen Katz (who will be gloriously familiar to readers of Bryson's A Walk in the Woods). Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey. The result is the affectionate and riotously funny Neither Here Nor There.

12 I'm a Stranger Here Myself

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Humor  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1999-05-04
Description :  <b>A CLASSIC FROM THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF <i>ONE SUMMER </i></b><br /><br />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<b>—</b>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. <br /><br />Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, <i>I'm a Stranger Here Myself</i> recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth.&#xa0;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.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

13 The Lost Continent

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Humor 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-06-02
Description :  An unsparing and hilarious account of one man's rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town.

14 Icons of England

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Nature  Books  Science & Nature  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2010-04-07
Description :  This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal boats, and from village cricket to nimbies. <br /><br />First published as a lavish colour coffeetable book, this new expanded paperback edition has double the original number of contributions from many celebrities including Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Adie, Kevin Spacey, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Mabey , Simon Jenkins, John Sergeant, Benjamin Zephaniah, Joan Bakewell, Antony Beevor, Libby Purves, Jonathan Dimbleby, and many more: and a new preface by HRH Prince Charles.

15 made in america

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Humor 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-06-02
Description :  Bill Bryson, bestselling author of The Mother Tongue, now celebrates its magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood . . . and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle called his befeathered cap "Macaroni."

16 Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Reference  Dictionaries & Thesauruses  Words & Language 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2002-08-13
Description :  One of the English language’s most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage.<br /><br />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<i> Times</i> 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.<br /><br />Now, a decade and a half later, revised, updated, and thoroughly (but not overly) Americanized, it has become <i>Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words</i>, 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.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

17 Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Dictionaries & Thesauruses  Books  Reference  Professional & Technical  Education  Language Arts & Disciplines 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2008-05-20
Description :  From one of America's most beloved and bestselling authors, a wonderfully useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers.<br /><br />What is the difference between “immanent” and “imminent”? What is the singular form of graffiti? What is the difference between “acute” and “chronic”? What is the former name of “Moldova”? What is the difference between a cardinal number and an ordinal number? One of the English language's most skilled writers answers these and many other questions and guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage. Covering spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and foreign names and phrases, <i>Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors</i> will be an indispensable companion for all who care enough about our language not to maul, misuse, or contort it.<br /><br />This dictionary is an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language. As Bill Bryson notes, it will provide you with “the answers to all those points of written usage that you kind of know or ought to know but can’t quite remember.”<br /><br /><b>BONUS MATERIAL:&#xa0;</b>This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Bill Bryson's&#xa0;<i>One Summer.</i>

18 At Home: Special Illustrated Edition

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Lifestyle & Home  Books  History  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $21.99
Release Date :  2013-10-29
Description :  <b>From one of the most beloved authors of our&#xa0; time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. </b><br /><br />“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.” <br />&#xa0;<br />Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has fig­ured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture. <br /><br />Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposi­tion imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make <i>At Home</i> one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

19 The Best American Travel Writing 2016

Author : Bill Bryson & Jason Wilson
Genre :  Travel & Adventure  Books  Essays & Memoirs 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-10-04
Description :  <i>Why do I travel? Why does anyone of us travel? </i>Bill Bryson poses these questions in his introduction to <i>The Best American Travel Writing 2016</i>, and though he admits, “I wasn’t at all sure I knew the answer,” they are questions worthy of examination. While the various contributors to this collection all travel for different reasons, one thing is for certain—they come back with stories. Whether traversing the Arctic by dogsled, attending a surreal film festival in North Korea, or strolling the streets of a fast-changing Havana, their insights into the world and the human condition are illuminating and enthralling, providing an answer: <i>This is why I like to travel</i>.<br /><br /><i>The Best American Travel Writing 2016</i> includes<i> </i>Michael Chabon, Alice Gregory, Paul Theroux, Dave Eggers, Helen Macdonald, Sara Corbett, Stephanie Pearson,Thomas Chatterton Williams, Pico Iyer, <i>and others</i><br /><br />BILL BRYSON, guest editor, is the best-selling author of <i>A Walk in the Woods; &#xa0;A Short History of Nearly Everything;</i> <i>One Summer: America, 1927;</i> <i>The Road to Little Dribbling</i><i>;</i> and numerous other books.<br />&#xa0;<br />JASON WILSON, series editor, is the author of <i>Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits; Spaghetti on the Wall;</i> and the forthcoming <i>Why Wine Matters.</i> He has written for the <i>Washington Post Magazine, The New Yorker</i>, the <i>New York Times</i>, and many other publications, and has won awards for Best Food Column from the Association of Food Journalists four times.

20 Sommer 1927

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  History  Books  Business & Personal Finance  Economics  Americas 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-10-13
Description :  1927. Ein Sommer der ein ganzes Jahrhundert prägte<br /><br />Es ist die Geschichte eines Sommers, und doch ist es so viel mehr. Das Jahr 1927 ist für Amerika entscheidend auf dem Weg zur Weltmacht. Es sind die goldenen Zwanziger: der Aktienmarkt boomt, das Fernsehen wird erfunden, die Filme sind nicht mehr stumm, und verrückte Pläne entstehen, wie der, vier Köpfe in den völlig unzugänglichen Mount Rushmore zu meißeln. Es ist die Zeit, in der ein junger Flieger namens Charles Lindbergh Ruhm und Ehre erlangt, aber auch die des Al Capone und des größten Schulmassakers aller Zeiten. Und in diesen Monaten werden durch fatale Entscheidungen die Weichen für die bevorstehende Weltwirtschaftskrise gestellt. Bill Bryson erzählt davon so spannend, als sei es eine unglaubliche Abenteuergeschichte, voller erstaunlicher geschichtlicher Momente aus der Zeit, als Amerika erwachsen wurde ...

21 Shakespeare

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary Criticism 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-04-26
Description :  Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction by the author to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death<br /><br />William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. His Shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time.

22 Bill Bryson's African Diary

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Biographies & Memoirs  Africa 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2002-12-03
Description :  “Here is a man who suffers so his readers can laugh.” — <i>Daily Telegraph</i><br /><br /> Bill Bryson travels to Kenya in support of CARE International. All royalties and profits go to CARE International.<br /><br /> Bryson visits Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to eradicating poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with famous game reserves and a vibrant culture. It also provides plenty to worry a traveller like Bill Bryson, fixated as he is on the dangers posed by snakes, insects and large predators. It is also a country with many serious problems: refugees, AIDS, drought, and grinding poverty. The resultant diary, though short in length, contains the trademark Bryson stamp of wry observation and curious insight.

23 Shakespeare

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-07-03
Description :  Bill Bryson, célebre en todo el mundo por su <i>Una breve historia de casi todo</i>, aborda ahora un enigma mayúsculo: la personalidad de William Shakespeare. De Hamlet, Otelo, el rey Lear y Macbeth conocemos mucho, pero del ser humano que los concibió apenas sabemos nada. Armado de un sano sentido común y de su admirado don comunicativo, Bryson examina datos, suposiciones y mitos para trazar una semblanza lo más precisa posible del dramaturgo y poeta de Stratford upon Avon. El resultado es una fascinante indagación en la vida (hasta donde alcanza la certidumbre) y el tiempo de Shakespeare. Bryson evoca la Inglaterra isabelina, con el azote de la peste, su expansionismo imperialista, la emergente capital londinense y los usos y costumbres del mundo teatral. Y en este marco histórico, que depara sorpresas notables y proporciona un marco muy enriquecedor para el lector actual de Shakespeare, surge la figura del poeta. Bryson no omite ninguno de los aspectos más controvertidos acerca de él.

24 En casa

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  History  Books  Science & Nature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-07-03
Description :  A Bill Bryson se le ocurrió un día la idea de que dedicamos mucho más tiempo a estudiar las batallas y las guerras de la historia que a reflexionar sobre aquello de lo que en realidad está hecha la historia: siglos de gente desarrollando con discreción sus tareas diarias, comiendo, durmiendo y tratando de vivir con más comodidades, y que la mayor parte de los principales descubrimientos de la humanidad se encuentran en la mismísima estructura de las casas que habitamos. Esto fue lo que le inspiró a iniciar un viaje por su propia casa, una vieja rectoría de Nordfolk, y a pasear de habitación en habitación reflexionando sobre el origen de los objetos cotidianos de la vida. En su recorrido llevó a cabo una cantidad prodigiosa de investigación sobre la historia de absolutamente todo, desde la arquitectura a la electricidad, desde la conservación de los alimentos a las epidemias, desde el comercio de las especias a la Torre Eiffel, desde los miriñaques a los retretes, y sobre las mentes brillantes, creativas y a menudo excéntricas que encontramos detrás de todo ello. Bryson aplica la misma curiosidad incontenible y el mismo ingenio irresistible que hicieron de Una breve historia de casi todo uno de los libros más elogiados de la última década, y ofrece uno de los libros más entretenidos y esclarecedores sobre la historia de nuestra forma de vida.

25 It’s teatime, my dear!

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-04-25
Description :  Abwarten, Tee trinken, weiterreisen!<br /><br />Vor über dreißig Jahren beschloss der Amerikaner Bill Bryson, England zu seiner Wahlheimat zu machen und für einige Jahre dort zu leben. Damals brach er auf zu einer großen Erkundungsreise quer über die britische Insel. Inzwischen ist er ein alter Hase, was die Eigentümlichkeiten der Engländer betrifft, aber dennoch entdeckt er immer wieder Neues, was ihn fasziniert und amüsiert. Kein Wunder also, dass es ihn reizt, diese Insel erneut ausgiebig zu bereisen. Von Bognor Regis bis Cape Wrath, vom englischen Teehaus bis zum schottischen Pub, von der kleinsten Absteige bis zum noblen Hotel, Bryson lässt nichts aus und beantwortet zahlreiche Fragen. Wie heißt der Big Ben eigentlich wirklich? Wer war Mr. Everest? Warum verstehen sich Amerikaner und Engländer nur bedingt? Bill Bryson will noch einmal wissen, was dieses Land so liebenswert macht, und begibt sich auf den Weg – schließlich ist er wieder reif für die Insel!

26 Eine kurze Geschichte der alltäglichen Dinge

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Reference  Humor  History 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-05-31
Description :  Die Welt verstehen, ohne einen Fuß vor die Tür zu setzen<br /><br />Was bleibt nach der „Geschichte von fast allem“ eigentlich noch zu schreiben? Die Geschichte von fast allem anderen, natürlich. Bill Bryson hat sich daher in seinen vier Wänden umgesehen und sich gefragt: Warum leben wir eigentlich, wie wir leben? Warum nutzen wir ausgerechnet Salz und Pfeffer, und weshalb hat unsere Gabel vier Zinken? Aber es bleibt nicht bei Geschichten von Bett, Sofa und Küchenherd. Die Geschichte des Heims ist auch immer eine der großen Entdeckungen und Abenteuer. Ohne die Weltausstellung in London hätte man vermutlich das Wasserklosett nicht so schnell zu schätzen gelernt. Und ohne die großen Entdecker müssten wir wohl ohne Kaffee, Tee oder Kakao auskommen. Bill Bryson zeigt uns unser Heim, wie wir es noch nie gesehen haben. Und wir verstehen ein wenig mehr, warum es so ist, wie es ist.

27 Seeing Further

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  History  Books  Science & Nature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2010-11-09
Description :  “Bryson is as amusing as ever….As a celebration of 350 years of modern science, [Seeing Further] it is a worthy tribute.”<br />—The Economist<br /><br />In Seeing Further, New York Times bestseller Bill Bryson takes readers on a guided tour through the great discoveries, feuds, and personalities of modern science. Already a major bestseller in the UK, Seeing Further tells the fascinating story of science and the Royal Society&#xa0;with Bill Bryson’s trademark wit and intelligence, and contributions from a host of well known scientists and science fiction writers, including Richard Dawkins, Neal Stephenson, James Gleick, and Margret Atwood. It is a delightful literary treat from the acclaimed author who previous explored the current state of scientific knowledge in his phenomenally popular book, A Short History of Nearly Everything.

28 Streiflichter aus Amerika

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs  Humor 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2012-05-31
Description :  Ein intelligenter, aberwitzig komischer und immer wieder überraschender Beitrag zur amerikanischen Kulturgeschichte<br /><br />Nachdem Bill Bryson zwanzig Jahre in England gelebt hat, ist er wieder reif für seine amerikanische Heimat. Dort angekommen, stellt er allerdings fest, dass sich vieles verändert hat. Oder ist ihm der ganz normale Wahnsinn früher einfach nicht aufgefallen?<br /><br />Der erfolgreichste Sachbuchautor unserer Zeit schreibt ein hinreißend komisches Porträt seines Heimatlandes und seiner Mitbürger.<br /><br />Bill Bryson ist der Tom Sharpe des modernen Reiseberichts.

29 Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Reference 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2011-12-23
Description :  Wie groß ist eigentlich das Universum? Was wiegt unsere Erde? Und wie ist das überhaupt möglich – die Erde zu wiegen? In seinem großen Buch nimmt uns Bestsellerautor Bill Bryson mit auf eine atemberaubende Reise durch Raum und Zeit: Er erklärt uns den Himmel und die Erde, die Sterne und die Meere, und nicht zuletzt die Entstehungsgeschichte des Menschen. »Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem« ist ein ebenso fundierter und lehrreicher wie unterhaltsamer und amüsanter Ausflug in die Naturwissenschaften, mit dem Bill Bryson das scheinbar Unmögliche vollbracht hat: das Wissen von der Welt in dreißig Kapitel zu packen, die auch für den normalen Leser ohne Vorkenntnisse verständlich sind. Das ideale Buch für alle, die unser Universum und unsere Geschichte endlich verstehen möchten – und dabei auch noch Spaß haben wollen!

30 Notizie da un grande paese

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2017-02-09
Description :  Dopo aver vissuto in Inghilterra per quasi vent’anni, Bill Bryson decide di tornare con la famiglia negli Stati Uniti, dove è nato e cresciuto. Ma lo scarto tra l’America che aveva lasciato da ragazzo, quella che lo accoglie e le abitudini acquisite in un altro paese lo colpisce con la forza di un terremoto. Ogni giorno, suo malgrado, affronta piccole e grandi sfide, dovute alle differenze culturali e linguistiche fra i paesi, che lo lasciano sconcertato e allo stesso tempo divertito: tutte le cose che ha dovuto fare da adulto infatti – dalle più banali, come i piccoli lavori di manutenzione in casa, a quelle più importanti, come mettere al mondo dei figli o sottoscrivere un fondo pensione… – hanno avuto come sfondo la Gran Bretagna e in America tutto è simile ma anche profondamente diverso, oppure è cambiato nel corso degli anni. Ecco allora le incomprensioni dal ferramenta su come sia più corretto chiamare i tasselli per le mensole, l’incredulità davanti all’ossessione tutta americana per l’aria condizionata o il profondo rispetto per le regole (per cui si può essere redarguiti in un diner vuoto se ci si siede senza aver aspettato le indicazioni della cameriera, come intimato dal cartello all’entrata). Notizie da un grande paese è il racconto tragicomico del ricongiungimento con la terra natia, e una lettera d’amore al focolare ritrovato.

31 Un paseo por el bosque

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Action & Adventure  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2015-02-18
Description :  Con casi 3.500 km de longitud, el sendero de los Montes Apalaches es el camino pedestre más largo del mundo. Discurre por el Este de Norteamérica a lo largo de catorce estados, desde Maine hasta Georgia, y atraviesa algunos de los paisajes más indescriptiblemente bellos del continente.<br />Sin apenas experiencia en senderismo, desafiando las adversidades meteorológicas y geográficas, y menoscabando el peligro de una fauna hostil (desde el improbable oso americano hasta el amenazado mejillón de agua dulce), el socarrón Bill Bryson decide emprender el camino acompañado únicamente de su ácida capacidad descriptiva, una mochila cargada de cosas inútiles y su tosco amigo Katz, cuya forma física es incluso más lamentable que la suya propia.

32 Reif für die Insel

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Travel & Adventure  Humor  Essays & Memoirs 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-05-31
Description :  Eine ebenso herzliche wie spöttische Liebeserklärung an England: unorthodox, scharfzüngig und hinreißend komisch<br /><br />Was ist das für ein Land, in dem so unaussprechliche Namen wie Llywyngwril auf den Ortsschildern stehen? Wo Kekse gereicht werden, die jedes Gebiss bedrohen? Von den Kalkfelsen Dovers bis ins raue schottische Thurso erkundet Bryson die eigentümliche Weit jenseits des Ärmelkanals und kommt zu dem Schluss: England muss man einfach lieben - ganz gleich, wie wunderlich es einem zuweilen erscheinen mag.

33 Down under

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Travel & Adventure  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2018-02-01
Description :  Australien rummer flere livsfarlige skabninger end noget andet land. Verdens ti giftigste slanger lever her. Det er et land hvor man kan dø af et bid fra en fredeligt udseende kålorm. Og hvis man ikke bliver stukket eller hakket ihjel på landjorden, kan man blive ædt af krokodiller og hajer! Bill Bryson valgte at sætte sig ud over sin frygt for alle disse farer. Han ville gennemrejse dette utrolige land, og hans begejstring er stor og ægte! For australierne er umådeligt sympatiske, byerne er fredelige, maden er god og øllet er koldt. Bogen er spækket med humoristiske betragtninger og spændende oplysninger om landet på den anden side af kloden.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Bill Bryson har skrevet en lang række bestsellers, senest <i>En kort historie om næsten alt </i>(2006). <i>Down under</i> udkom oprindeligt på dansk i 2000.

34 En kort historie om næsten alt

Author : Bill Bryson & Ole Frank Jørgensen
Genre :  Science & Nature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2017-07-03
Description :  Denne fascinerende enmandsfærd gennem virkeligheden, videnskaben og videbegærligheden - fra Big Bang til menneskets molekyler og fra galaksernes grænseland til atomernes afkroge - er med god grund blevet en international bestseller. Her er bogen, der besvarer alle de allermest nærliggende naturvidenskabelige spørgsmål, så enhver kan forstå det.<br /><br /> »Formidlet så fremragende, at enhver læser må frydes, undres og undertiden endda grine højlydt undervejs«<br />***** Lars Henrik Aagaard, Berlingske Tidende<br /><br />Bill Bryson er ikke meget for at rejse, siger han selv. Til gengæld er han inden for hjemmets fire vægge umættelig i sin nysgerrighed efter at forstå den fascinerende verden omkring ham, inden i ham, deroppe og dernede. Historien om næsten alting er resultatet af hans enmandsfærd gennem virkeligheden, videnskaben og videbegærligheden, hvor han forsøger at begribe alt, der er sket og som findes - lige fra Big Bang til menneskets molekyler, og fra galaksernes grænseland til atomernes afkroge. Hvad han ser på sin færd, skildrer han i et livfuldt og dagligdags sprog, og han besvarer præcis de spørgsmål, som enhver anden interesseret person kunne finde på at stille.&#xa0;Bogen&#xa0;er fyldt med facts, forklaringer og fortællinger - skrevet i et sprog, der vel er underholdende og dagligdags, men samtidig så præcist, som man har ret til at forlange det af førsterangs naturvidenskabelig formidling. Historien om næsten alting er netop den bog, som mange af os har gået og ventet på - hvor vi for første gang ikke behøver skamme os over at stille de allermest nærliggende naturvidenskabelige spørgsmål. Allerbedst er, at bogen også besvarer langt de fleste af dem ...

35 Una città o l'altra. Viaggi in Europa

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-04-14
Description :  Una delle piccole meraviglie del mio viaggio in Europa fu scoprire che il mondo poteva essere tanto vario da originare modi diversi di fare in pratica le stesse identiche cose, tipo mangiare e bere e acquistare biglietti per il cinema. Mi affascinava come gli europei potessero essere tanto uguali tra loro – a tal punto da risultare al contempo universalmente intellettuali e cerebrali, guidare auto minuscole e vivere in piccole case di città antiche, amare il calcio… – pur rimanendo così eternamente e sorprendentemente diversi. Una città o l’altra è il diario di viaggio di Bill Bryson, curiosissimo e acuto turista che, tra corriere che non arrivano mai e treni superaffollati di varia umanità, in balia di autisti dall’istinto omicida e di albergatori stravaganti, attraversa da Nord a Sud l’Europa partendo da Hammerfest, la città più settentrionale del mondo, per arrivare fino a Istanbul, alle porte dell’Oriente. In mezzo, per fissare ognuna delle tappe successive, sul taccuino del viaggiatore finiscono inedite istantanee di alcune tra le più suggestive città europee, scorci di monumenti, ritratti di personaggi irripetibili, insieme a contrattempi esilaranti, inevitabili incidenti di percorso, osservazioni acute, disavventure gastronomiche, flashback dei viaggi precedenti... <br /><br /> <b>«Bryson è sicuramente un buon compagno di viaggio e un buon osservatore, con uno sguardo divertito per tutto ciò che appare eccentrico.»</b><br /><i>New York Times Book Review </i><br /><br /><b>«Bryson è prima di tutto e principalmente un narratore, uno di quelli estremamente divertenti e originali.»</b><br /><i>Free Press </i><br /><br /><b>«Il più divertente - e forse stravagante - travel writer del Mondo.»</b><br /><i>Booklist</i>

36 Călătorii prin Europa

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Europe  Books  Travel & Adventure 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2015-08-25
Description :  În anii ’70, Bill Bryson a făcut o călătorie prin Europa împreună cu prietenul său Stephen Katz. Douăzeci de ani mai târziu, hotărât să repete experiența, își ia rucsacul și pornește din cel mai nordic oraș al continentului, Hammerfest, ajungând până la Istanbul. De la oameni și moravurile locale la muzee, catedrale și hoteluri sau restaurante, nimic nu scapă ochiului critic al lui Bryson. El își păstrează mereu umorul caustic, indiferent dacă descrie celebra catedrala din Köln sau povestește despre jaful căruia îi cade victimă la Florența, despre traficul din Paris, despre canalele Amsterdamului sau despre cearta privind nota de plată la un hotel din Copenhaga.

37 America perduta

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Travel & Adventure  Books  United States 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-12-31
Description :  Un appassionante vagabondaggio per le strade di un’America minore, dentro il cuore delle piccole città che sono l’anima segreta degli Stati Uniti, luoghi in cui la vita sembra rimasta ferma agli anni cinquanta. Un viaggio attraverso un presente rimasto passato, in una provincia rurale che sembra non voler lasciare spazio al futuro. Bill Bryson, americano di nascita ma inglese d’adozione, percorre a bordo di una vecchia Chevrolet 22.500 chilometri all’inseguimento di un ricordo. Restituendoci un tempo cristallizzato, la canzone di uno sterminato paese che continua a credere, a immaginare, a vivere fra le pieghe di un sogno domestico e provinciale.

38 Picknick mit Bären

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs  Humor 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2011-12-23
Description :  Bill Bryson will es seinen gehfaulen Landsleuten zeigen: <br />Gemeinsam mit seinem Freund Katz, der aufgrund gewaltiger Leibesfülle und einer festverwurzelten Leidenschaft für Schokoriegel nicht gerade die besten Voraussetzungen dafür mitbringt, will er den längsten Fußweg der Welt, den "Appalachian Trail", bezwingen. Eine abenteuerliche Reise quer durch zwölf Bundesstaaten der USA beginnt... <br /><br />Ein Reisebericht der etwas anderen Art - humorvoll, selbstironisch und mit einem scharfen Blick für die Marotten von Menschen und Bären!

39 Shakespeare - wie ich ihn sehe

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Biographies & Memoirs  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-05-31
Description :  Typisch Bill Bryson: eine humorvolle und leicht verständliche Einführung in Shakespeares Leben, seine Werke und seine Zeit<br /><br />Mensch oder Mythos – wer war William Shakespeare wirklich, der geistige Vater von Romeo und Julia, von Hamlet und Macbeth? Gab es den Menschen Shakespeare überhaupt? Ist der Name womöglich das Pseudonym eines Unbekannten, der seine Identität verschleiern wollte? Bill Bryson schließt die Wissenslücken um den bekanntesten und rätselhaftesten Autor der Welt. Dabei lädt er seine Leser ein zu einer vergnüglichen Reise durch das elisabethanische England. Ein echter Bill Bryson: eloquent, klug und mit einem Augenzwinkern geschrieben.

40 Straßen der Erinnerung

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs  Humor 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2012-05-31
Description :  Bill Brysons amüsante Reise in das Herz Amerikas.<br /><br />Mit Mitte zwanzig kehrt Bill Bryson dem verschlafenen Mittleren Westen Amerikas den Rücken, um Jahre später voll Heimweh zurückzukehren. In einem alten Chevrolet macht er sich auf die 14.000 Meilen lange Fahrt durch das Amerika seiner Jugend. Und mit liebevoller Ironie beschreibt er die Stationen seiner Reise, erzählt von Begegnungen mit schrulligen Einwohnern und von Orten, die er kurzerhand in Coma oder Dead Squaw umbenennt. Dabei zelebriert er, pendelnd zwischen Witz und Wehmut, auch einmal mehr den amerikanischen Traum von Freiheit und Abenteuer.<br /><br />• Vom Autor der Bestseller „Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem“ und „Picknick mit Bären“.

41 Frühstück mit Kängurus

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs  Humor 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2012-05-31
Description :  Was ist das für ein Land, in dem sich fliegende Füchse tummeln und Schweinefußnasenbeutler einst ihr Unwesen trieben? In seinem ebenso amüsanten wie informativen Streifzug durch ein unbekanntes Australien erzählt Bill Bryson von den historischen Hintergründen der Entdeckung dieses faszinierenden Kontinents - und hält den Leser mit seinem scharfen Blick für alles Skurrile und Ungewöhnliche in Atem.<br />

42 A casa

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  History  Books  Science & Nature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-03
Description :  Després d'haver recorregut desenes de països pels continents europeu, africà i americà, el controvertit autor de Breu història de gairebé tot emprèn un fascinant viatge... per l'interior de casa seva. I ho fa amb la ment oberta i la curiositat com a bandera, tot fent petites descobertes que expliquen qui som, d'on venim i quin ha estat el llarg recorregut que hem fet per viure com vivim. En aquesta petita història de la vida domèstica, Bill Bryson es pregunta quan i per què es va inventar la xemeneia, o bé per quin motiu a algú se li va acudir de fer forquilles amb quatre puntes, i encara més: sabíeu que la llum que desprèn una nevera moderna és superior a la que podia il·luminar tota una casa fa tan sols dos-cents anys?

43 Aventuras y desventuras del Chico Centella

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Action & Adventure  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-07-03
Description :  Como muchos compañeros de generación, Bill Bryson creció fantaseando con ser un superhéroe: provisto de una vieja sudadera con un rayo sobre el pecho y una toalla atada al cuello, patrullaba su casa y su vecindario, saltando altos edificios y derrotando a villanos y malandrines (e imbéciles) -en su imaginación- como El Chico Centella.<br />Bill Bryson recrea la vida de su familia y de su ciudad natal durante la década de 1950 en toda su trascendente normalidad. Era una época feliz, en la que coches, televisores y electrodomésticos (por no hablar de las armas nucleares) ganaban en número y tamaño con cada año que pasaba, y en la que el tabaco y la lluvia radioactiva provocada por los ensayos nucleares se consideraban inocuos.<br />A un tiempo tierno y desternillante, <i>Aventuras y desventuras del chico centella</i>, está a la altura de cualquiera de los maravillosos libros que Bill Bryson ha escrito hasta la fecha y encandilará a quienes en algún momento fueron niños.

44 En las antípodas

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Travel & Adventure  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-07-03
Description :  Australia es el sexto país más grande del mundo y la isla más extensa. Isla, país, continente. Seco, árido, yermo y climáticamente agresivo. Un país donde el gusano más peludo mata con su venenoso pinchazo, donde las conchas marinas no sólo pican sino que se persiguen, donde un tiburón puede zamparte o unas irresistibles aguas arrastrarte mar adentro. Ignorando estas amenazas, Bill Bryson viajó a Australia y se enamoró del país. ¿Quién podría culparlo? La gente es alegre, ingeniosa y atenta, sus ciudades son seguras, limpias, casi siempre se sitúan cerca del agua, la cerveza está fría y el sol brilla con frecuencia. La vida no puede ser mucho mejor que esto.

45 L'estate in cui accadde tutto

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-09-04
Description :  È il maggio del 1927 e può capitare che un giovane taciturno e allampanato, Charles Lindbergh, si trasformi da un giorno all’altro da perfetto sconosciuto a eroe planetario, il primo pilota a trasvolare l’Atlantico da Long Island a Parigi, dove viene accolto da un’immensa folla festante. La sua impresa sancisce la supremazia tecnologica statunitense sul Vecchio Continente e dà inizio a una straordinaria estate in cui centinaia di migliaia di americani si accalcano negli stadi, nelle piazze, lungo le strade o nei cinema per assistere ai successi della più grande squadra di baseball mai esistita, i New York Yankees di Babe Ruth, e agli incontri di Jack Dempsey, pugile soprannominato «il massacratore», per guardare i primi film sonori prodotti da Hollywood e per seguire morbosamente i casi di cronaca più scandalosi. E poi ancora, la gente si scatena al ritmo del jazz nei locali notturni, rimane incollata alla radio per ascoltare le prime dirette sportive, osserva le città crescere ad altezze vertiginose e riempirsi di automobili... È un tripudio di energia, creatività ed entusiasmo che segnerà quell’anno cruciale e ne farà il picco radioso di un periodo irripetibile, due anni prima della Grande Depressione che spazzerà via tutto. Un eccezionale narratore... un libro ricco di storie memorabili e di personaggi strepitosi... affascinante, unico. The Guardian Pochi autori di non fiction e, a essere onesti, anche di fiction sanno utilizzare la penna come Bill Bryson. Sorprendente e divertente. The Observer Un affascinante spaccato di una stagione storica nel corso della quale l’America, più o meno consapevolmente, guidò l’ingresso nell’età contemporanea. Sunday Times

46 Breve storia della vita privata

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-07-24
Description :  Uno dei più amati autori di libri di viaggio alle prese con un itinerario a dir poco insolito: l’esplorazione della sua dimora inglese, un’ex canonica vittoriana situata in uno sperduto villaggio del Norfolk. La sfida, condotta con divertita maestria, è quella di posare su quanto ci circonda – ambienti, pezzi d’arredamento, utensili e dettagli all’apparenza insignificanti – uno sguardo diverso, attento e capace di svelarci la loro più intima natura di stratificati e misteriosi depositi di Storia. Perché, avverte Bill Bryson, anche se non ce ne rendiamo conto, a casa nostra, in un modo o nell’altro, finisce in realtà «qualunque cosa succeda nel mondo, qualsiasi cosa venga scoperta, creata o aspramente contesa». Il nostro microcosmo domestico, fatto di sale da pranzo, camere da letto, bagni, ma anche di dispense, ripostigli, saliere, trappole per topi, interruttori della luce, diventa così un accesso privilegiato per capire com’è cambiato, negli ultimi centocinquant’anni, il nostro rapporto con il sonno, il cibo, il sesso, le malattie, la vita di coppia e l’educazione dei figli. E da letti, divani e giardini di casa fino allo scorbuto, la torre Eiffel, le invenzioni paesaggistiche di Capability Brown o i viaggi avventurosi del capitano Cook, il passo è assai più breve di quanto avremmo mai immaginato, e il percorso – non privo di qualche rapida incursione in tempi assai remoti – ricco di bellissime sorprese e di continue scoperte.

47 Il mondo è un teatro

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-07-24
Description :  LA VITA E L’EPOCA DI WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE<br /><br />Del sommo poeta inglese, forse il più grande autore di ogni tempo e luogo, ci restano 884.647 parole (ma solo quattordici scritte di suo pugno). Molte meno sono le informazioni che abbiamo sulla sua vita, quasi nulla possiamo affermare con certezza riguardo alla sua personalità, forse non possediamo nemmeno un suo ritratto autentico e quindi, in teoria, non sappiamo che faccia avesse. Alcuni studiosi hanno persino dubitato della sua esistenza: «È una sorta di equivalente letterario dell’elettrone: è lì ma non è lì». Eppure su William Shakespeare, sulla sua vita e sul suo tempo, sono stati versati fiumi di inchiostro che hanno alimentato innumerevoli polemiche e strabilianti congetture. Bill Bryson, attingendo al guazzabuglio di curiosità che ruotano intorno alla figura del bardo, ci offre oggi uno Shakespeare mai raccontato e un delizioso affresco della vita londinese nel periodo elisabettiano, in cui i teatri, sempre affollati, aprivano alle due del pomeriggio, il biglietto d’ingresso costava un penny e per gli spettatori più golosi erano in vendita birra, pan di zenzero, noci, mele e pere «che potevano trasformarsi in missili nei momenti di delusione». E, con la consueta abilità di scrittura, ricostruisce non solo la biografia di un uomo, ma anche un’epoca di intensa temperie culturale e grande libertà di pensiero: il racconto, rigoroso e divertente a un tempo, della vita di persone che «sei giorni alla settimana si riunivano, si travestivano, si truccavano per donare al mondo alcune delle più sublimi e irripetibili ore di piacere mai sperimentato».

48 Vestivamo da superman

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-07-24
Description :  Cosa significa crescere nell’America degli anni Cinquanta? Molte cose sorprendenti, se a raccontarle è Bill Bryson, il brillante autore di Breve storia di (quasi) tutto, che ha il dono di saper trasformare un’infanzia felicemente normale in un percorso di formazione irto di ostacoli tragici e spassosi, nello Iowa rurale che ancora non conosce le grandi catene di centri commerciali e che ancora conserva una sua intatta, serena individualità. Popolato di luoghi e figure indimenticabili, l’ambiente familiare della tranquilla Des Moines in cui è cresciuto l’autore, persa nelle grandi pianure del Midwest, non è solo il paradigma di un’America felice, innocente e poco consapevole. È l’osservatorio privilegiato per raccontare l’involontario umorismo di una nazione che la Seconda guerra mondiale ha lasciato più ricca e più energica, ma che vive nell’ossessione dei comunisti e della bomba H, e che sembra crogiolarsi nell’ingenua convinzione che il futuro a portata di mano sarà strabiliante e colorato come in uno dei film di fantascienza di cui il giovane Bryson è appassionato spettatore. McCarthy e i fumetti, le fiere di paese e Disneyland, i primi cibi precotti e le esplosioni nucleari appena fuori Las Vegas: un catalogo di eventi e ricordi che ricostruisce con un tocco di nostalgia la stagione in cui il mondo coltivava ancora dei sogni.

49 Breve storia di (quasi) tutto

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Science & Nature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-07-24
Description :  «<i>Un libro eccezionalmente piacevole... Un viaggio nei segreti della scienza accompagnati da una guida coinvolgente, brillante, acuta e ben informata. </i>»<br /><b>The Times</b><br /><br />«<i>Un libro destinato a diventare un classico moderno della letteratura scientifica.</i>»<br /><b>he New York Times Book Review</b><br /><br />La nostra vita, ci ricorda Bill Bryson, è il risultato di «una straordinaria dose di fortuna biologica», l’esito di una serie lunghissima di eventi, per molti versi assolutamente misteriosi. Questo libro prova a spiegare come un tale colpo di fortuna si sia potuto verificare. O meglio, prova a spiegare quel che gli scienziati hanno scoperto del modo in cui dal nulla è nato un universo; e in questo universo si sono formati galassie, stelle e pianeti; e su uno di questi pianeti, la Terra, sono sorte forme di vita prima molto semplici e poi più complesse, fino ad arrivare qui, a noi, esseri umani moderni, eretti e senzienti. Per raccontarci questa incredibile storia, Bryson ha dedicato tre anni a «leggere libri e riviste e a trovare esperti dotati di una pazienza da santi, disposti a rispondere a un sacco di domande straordinariamente ottuse». Il risultato è un viaggio alquanto movimentato, e decisamente divertente, alla scoperta di... be’, sì: di quasi tutto. Dalla cosmologia alla fisica, dalla geologia alla paleontologia, sono pochi i territori della scienza che Bryson non abbia visitato, incontrando lungo la strada geni del calibro di Darwin e Einstein, e decine di pazienti ricercatori, più o meno eccentrici e sconosciuti. Nel raccontare questo suo viaggio, Bryson ci prende per mano con il suo humour leggero nei passaggi più tecnici, ci lascia a bocca aperta di fronte alle grandi conquiste della scienza e riflette con noi sulle tante domande che ancora attendono una risposta. E ci mostra il mondo in cui viviamo come non lo avevamo mai visto prima.

50 En kortfattad historik över nästan allting

Author : Bill Bryson
Genre :  Science & Nature  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2004-09-22
Description :  <b>Följ med på en universell resa genom tid och rum</b><br /><br />En bok om hur allting blev till – universum, jorden, levande organismer och människor. Författaren Bill Bryson har talat med de kunnigaste inom de olika naturvetenskaperna och berättar på ett underhållande och begripligt sätt vad han fått veta om gamla och nya upptäckter. Han förklarar hur gravitationen, relativitetsteorin, kvantfysiken och kvarkarna påverkar oss, han låter oss se rymden inne i en atom, får oss att ana bakteriernas betydelse och förstå något av hur forskarna kommit fram till allt detta.&#xa0;<br />&#xa0;Naturvetenskapen har en spännande historia. Porträtten av Einstein, Newton, Darwin och andra som gjort avgörande upptäckter gör boken till mycket mer än en resumé över fakta.&#xa0;De ofta mycket heta striderna när nya teorier har lanserats som ifrågasatt eller kullkastat de etablerade bjuder både på svek, mobbing och falska allianser. Därtill bjuds vi på närgångna och oväntade detaljer om männen och kvinnorna som förändrat vår syn på världen.&#xa0;<br />&#xa0;Följ med på en universell resa genom tid och rum, från makro- till mikrokosmos, följ vetenskapsmäns och kvinnors strävan att förstå hur allt hänger ihop.&#xa0;<br /><br />Smakprov ur innehållet:<br />* Förlorad i kosmos – universum, solsystem<br />* Jordens storlek – ålder, vikt, dragningskraft, grundämnen, geologi, fossiler<br />* En ny tidsålder gryr – Einstein, atomer, kvarkar, kontinentaldrift<br />* Farlig planet – meteoriter,&#xa0;jordbävningar, vulkaner, klimat<br />* Livet självt – atmosfär, syre, vatten, organismer, evolution, Linné, Darwin, DNA<br />* Vägen till oss – människans utveckling<br />* Farväl – ekologi, människa kontra natur, utrotade arter<br /><br />Bill Bryson är född i USA. Han har arbetat som journalist och resereporter för <i>The Times</i> och <i>The Independent</i>. Numera bor han med sin familj i England och är författare på heltid. Flera av hans böcker omnämns idag som klassiker, bland annat reseberättelserna <i>Anteckningar från en liten ö</i> (Forum, 2000), <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>, <i>Notes from a Big Country</i> och <i>Down Under</i> samt de mer filosofiskt skrivna betraktelserna över engelska språket, <i>Mother Tongue</i> och <i>Made in America</i>.<br /><br />Översättare: Frederik Sjögren,<br /><br />Omslagsformgivare: Fredrik Stjernfeldt



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