Bill Bryson

One of my favourite authors is Bill Bryson. He actually makes me laugh out loud with his stories, which is pretty tough. He normally writes about his experiences as he travels, although he has also written “A Short History of Nearly Everything” which I have read – twice.

He’s just come out with a new book, titled “The Life and Times of the  Thunderbolt Kid – A Memoir” which I have put on hold at the library. Apparently it is about his childhood and made Bill Good, the news guy who I listen to religiously on CKNW in the mornings, laugh out loud on the ferry over the weekend. I love it when favourite authors put out new books. Yay!

So I was cruising around on the library site and I found another book by him that I somehow haven’t seen before. It’s titled “Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words” and in the short blurb it says:

With some one thousand entries, from “a, an” to “zoom,” that feature real-world examples of questionable usage from an international array of publications, and with a helpful glossary and guide to pronunciation, this precise, prescriptive, and-because it is written by Bill Bryson-often witty book belongs on the desk of every person who cares enough about the language not to maul or misuse or distort it.

It is so totally getting added to my wish list at Indigo.

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8 Responses to Bill Bryson

  1. arwenoid says:

    “A Short History of Nearly Everything” is one of my favorite books! It should totally be used as a textbook in grade school…

    Must get more Bill Bryson books. 🙂

    • Erin says:

      Ahem. The Spelling Nazi feels that it is her duty to point out that you spelled “favourite” the American way. Bad girl!!

      In other news, it’s one of my favourite books too. I have to keep rereading it because I retain more information every time I read it. Technically it belongs to my Dad but I may have to “borrow” it and keep it on my bookcase. *grin*

  2. kinky_tink says:

    Oh, and Bryson’s book “Notes from a Small Island” was so helpful to me when I first moved to England. It certainly helped me to assimilate more quickly and to understand some of the more unusual cultural differences. All the better that it came with his delightful sense of humour.

    I’ve never read the “history” one you’ve mentioned. Perhaps I should put it on my list of must reads. Will have to wait till the next holiday or camping trip though.

    • Erin says:

      Yeah, it’s huge. It covers *everything* that you ever wanted to know, packed into 1000 pages at least.

      “Notes from a Small Island” was the first book I ever read by him and I was hooked.

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