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Old 01-30-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I recently read "A Walk in the Woods" and enjoyed it as did my wife. I am looking to buy another book of his but which one? If you have a favorite, tell us what it is.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I just started "At Home" which I'm liking a lot. The first book of his I ever read was "Notes from a Small Island."
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I find him whiny and predictable. Real intelligent guy, and sometimes pretty witty, but one of my less liked travel authors.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY is probably the second best book of his....you've already read the first.

It's more technical, but I really enjoyed A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. I have not liked his most recent books as much. I also thought THE LOST CONTINENT was somewhat mean-spirited.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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Agree, A sunburnt Country is fantastic. Literally laugh out loud.

The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, were good, but I preferred Sunburnt Country... Short History of Nearly Everything was very interesting
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Another vote for Sunburned Country! It was fabulous!

I also enjoyed, "I'm a Stranger Here myself."
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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A Walk in the Woods gets my vote as the best of Bryson. Also enjoyed In a Sunburned Country, but not as much.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I really enjoy Bryson's books and have read at least half of them. A Walk In The Woods was one of my all time favorites. Another one I really enjoyed was Mother Tongue which is all about the beginnings, development and evolution of the English language ... I highly recommend it!

On the other hand, Bill Bryson described my city, Philadelphia, as "the ugliest city in the United States" ... hmmm!
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I just started "At Home" which I'm liking a lot.
I borrowed this book from a friend last winter, knew I had to reread it, and bought it when it came out in paperback. To me, it is one of the best books I've ever read. Bryson encompasses so much information in such a readable, fascinating package.

Also enjoyed Walk in the Woods and Thunderbolt, but At Home is my recommendation.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I haven't read much of his stuff but did enjoy Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way.

I'll have to check out At Home.
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