Monday, March 21, 2011

Bill Bryson

Yes, I know, this is supposed to be a blog about having fun as a mom, but I am sort of obsessed with Bill Bryson right now. I LOVE all of his books and if you have a moment to read anything other than blogs and boardbooks, READ Bill Bryson's books!! They are so fun and entertaining and you may even learn a fun fact or two along the way, whether or not you remember said fun-fact is entirely up to you and what current level of sleep deprivation you are experiencing at present - good luck. I have just finished reading AT HOME and I can't stop bringing it up at every social gathering I go to which is most likely getting obnoxious. But how can I help it, this book is so expansive that it touches upon almost everything we experience in our daily lives. He gives us little tidbits of history and interesting facts about everything, and I mean everything in the building we call home. From the privy to the small crawlspace going into the attic the author wedges himself through in the first paragraph. When did the modern hallway show up in our homes? It was probably later than you think. And if you aren't already aware of Bill Bryson, he is an American that has spent many years living in Great Britain and has mastered the most charmingly humorous writing styles of both cultures. Those of us who read Bill Bryson, have a way of reflecting back to the time we picked up and read our first Bryson book with the same reverent tone we remember those crazy summer days of our teens. The first Bryson book I read, about 12 years ago now, was WALK IN THE WOODS and I have been a loyal reader of his ever since. His books are like armchair traveling with the class clown in elementary school kicking back on the sofa behind you. Not the obnoxious class clown that tormented you with gross noises, but the other one, the kid that knew how to say just the right thing at just the right moment so that even the teacher had to laugh and join in on the fun. I am happily married (today) but my secret crush, besides Matt Lauer and Colin Firth is now BILL BRYSON! Follow this link to the author's facebook page and see some beautiful images of the English countryside that are mentioned in the book as well as hearing the author himself read the first few pages. What was your first Bryson book?

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