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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world’s largest growth industries.
- Brian Dick
Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Ugh. What a slog. I mean, it was hilarious in parts, and I still love Bill Bryson, but this was NOT by any stretch a quick and enthralling read. Would be better as a pick-up-and-skim book, I think.
Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way For a pop English linguistics book, it’s good!
- Kaylee D
Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way At first witty and enticing, the book becomes repetiive and a too-long historical account that continually backtracks. The author’s point is quickly made and then stretched out and smothered by fluff.
Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way I like to read about words and language so in as far as this book is about that, I enjoyed it. But this book lacked a tightness that made it a little less pleasurable to read.
Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Twat is a bad word, apparently.
Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Like any Bryson book you never know how much is fact versus fiction. The book starts off interesting, seriously wanes in the middle, and regains more interesting subjects toward the end.
- A Google User
On time in excellent condition. Very pleased.
- Daniel Baird
Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Such a charming read, but halfway through I hit a claim that was clearly wrong. Bryson claimed that Australians spell “labour” the American way, without a U, when in fact only the name of a political
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Back in America after twenty years in Britain Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2 100 mile Appalachian Trail which stretches from Georgia to Maine The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings For a start there s the gloriously out of shape Stephen Katz a buddy from Iowa along for the walk Despite Katz s overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh out loud hike Bryson s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail and as he tells its fascinating history he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America s last great wilderness An adventure a comedy and a celebration A Walk in the Woods has becomea modern classic of travel literature From the Trade Paperback edition
A Short History of Nearly Everything
One of the world s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer In A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail well most of it In A Sunburned Country he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer Now in his biggest book he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and if possible answer the oldest biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us To that end he has attached himself to a host of the world s most advanced and often obsessed archaeologists anthropologists and mathematicians travelling to their offices laboratories and field camps He has read or tried to read their books pestered them with questions apprenticed himself to their powerful minds A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest and it is a sometimes profound sometimes funny and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge as only Bill Bryson can render it Science has never been more involving or entertaining
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
A loving and hilarious if occasionally spiky valentine to Bill Bryson s adopted country Great Britain Prepare for total joy and multiple episodesof unseemly laughter Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land The result was Notes from a Small Island a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written Now he has traveled about Britain again by bus and train and rental car and on foot to see what has changed and what hasn t Following but not too closely a route he dubs the Bryson Line from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north by way of places few travelers ever get to at all Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful magnificently eccentric endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and when called for twits With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic the bewildering the appealing and the ridiculous he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road and on a tear The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative and a really really funny guy From the Hardcover edition
Notes from a Small Island
Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain which has produced zebra crossings Shakespeare Twiggie Winkie s Farm and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey