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I’m a Stranger Here Myself is a collection of articles from Bill Bryson providing his observations on his relocation back to the United States after living in Britain for twenty years. Brilliant as always, Bryson delivers a stream of hilarious commentary on modern America’s failings, from aggressive television advertising for pharmaceuticals and the need to avoid walking anywhere at all cost, peppered with true love for the country’s strengths, like post offices with caring employees and free coffee everywhere. The articles were written for The Mail on Sunday between 1996 and 1998. It is quite frankly hard to call this a travel book but we have included it as a recommendation, both for the funny insights on the differences between the US and UK cultures and because we at A5 Travel Books love everything Bill Bryson has written.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF
“Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unsettling business, a little like waking from a long coma. Time, you discover, has wrought changes that leave you feeling mildly foolish and out of touch.”
"An acquaintance of ours was complaining the other day about the difficulty of finding a place to park outside the local gymnasium. She goes there several times a week to walk on a treadmill. The gymnasium is, at most, a six-minute walk from her front door. I asked her why she didn't walk to the gym and do six minutes less on the treadmill. She looked at me as if I were tragically simple-minded and said, 'But I have a program fo rteh treadmill. It records my distance and speed and calorie-burn rate, and I can adjust it for degree of difficulty.' It had not occurred to me how thoughtlessly deficient nature is in this regard."
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