by Bill Bryson

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A Stranger Here Myself from the library’s website and found the same was true if his audiobooks. Bryson himself reads the short essays, originally written for a British audience, and he manages to bring out the self-depreciating dry humor in what would otherwise be a book of complaints. While much of the book is now outdated (hello, Y2K) or specific to where he lives (autumn in New England), the mixed sensation of nostalgia and feeling aged is something every adult can relate to, and many observations about America still hold true today.

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