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A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
From primordial nothingness to this very moment, A Short History of Nearly Everything reports what happened and how humans figured it out. To accomplish this daunting literary task, Bill Bryson uses hundreds of sources, from popular science books to interviews with luminaries in various fields. His aim is to help people like him, who rejected stale school textbooks and dry explanations, to appreciate how we have used science to understand the smallest particles and the unimaginably vast expanses of space. With his distinctive prose style and wit, Bryson succeeds admirably. Though A Short History clocks in at a daunting 500-plus pages and covers the same material as every science book before it, it reads something like a particularly detailed novel (albeit without a plot). Each longish chapter is devoted to a topic like the age of our planet or how cells work, and these chapters are grouped into larger sections such as "The Size of the Earth" and "Life Itself." Bryson chats with experts like Richard Fortey (author of Life and Trilobite) and these interviews are charming. But it's when Bryson dives into some of science's best and most embarrassing fights--Cope vs. Marsh, Conway Morris vs. Gould--that he finds literary gold. --Therese Littleton - Amazon.com
Hardcover from Broadway
 
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words
by Bill Bryson
Hardcover from Broadway
 
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from Broadway
 
Notes from a Small Island
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from Avon
 
The Mother Tongue
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from Avon
1991
 
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from Broadway
 
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from Perennial
1990
 
Made in America
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from Avon
 
Bill Bryson's African Diary
by Bill Bryson
Hardcover from Broadway
 
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from Avon
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2000
by Jason Wilson, Bill Bryson
Paperback from Houghton Mifflin Co
 
Frühstück mit Kängurus : Australische Abenteuer
by Bill Bryson
Paperback from New Media German Language
 
Notes From A Big Country
Notes From A Big Country
by Bill Bryson
Hardcover from Doubleday Canada


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A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson has made a living out of traveling and then writing about it. In The Lost Continent he re-created the road trips of his childhood; in Neither Here nor There he retraced the route he followed as a young backpacker traversing Europe. When this American transplant to Britain decided to return home, he made a farewell walking tour of the British countryside and produced Notes from a Small Island. Once back on American soil and safely settled in New Hampshire, Bryson once again hears the siren call of the open road--only this time it's a trail. The Appalachian Trail, to be exact. In A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson tackles what is, for him, an entirely new subject: the American wilderness. Accompanied only by his old college buddy Stephen Katz, Bryson starts out one March morning in north Georgia, intending to walk the entire 2,100 miles to trail's end atop Maine's Mount Katahdin. 

If nothing else, A Walk in the Woods is proof positive that the journey is the destination. As Bryson and Katz haul their out-of-shape, middle-aged butts over hill and dale, the reader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passes through. Whether you plan to make a trip like this one yourself one day or only care to read about it, A Walk in the Woods is a great way to spend an afternoon. --Alix Wilber - Amazon.com
Paperback from Broadway

 

 
 
 
   
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