Down Under

Down Under
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 426
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 1784161837
ISBN 13: 9781784161835
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Down Under Book Review:

It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life - a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. Ignoring such dangers - and yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging: their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this...

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2012-05-15
ISBN 10: 0385674538
ISBN 13: 9780385674539
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In a Sunburned Country Book Review:

Deliciously funny, fact-filled and adventurous, In a Sunburned Country takes us on a grand tour of Australia. It's a place where interesting things happen all the time, from a Prime Minister lost — yes, lost — while swimming at sea, to Japanese cult members who may (entirely unnoticed) have set off an atomic bomb on their 500,000 acre property in the great western desert. Australia is the only island that is also a continent, and the only continent that is also a country. Its aboriginal people, a remote and mysterious race with a tragic history, have made it their home for millennia. And despite the fact that it is the most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all inhabited continents, it teems with life. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else: sharks, crocodiles, the planet's ten most deadly poisonous snakes, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, sea shells that actually attack you, and the unbelievable box jellyfish (don't ask). The dangerous riptides of the sea and the sun-baked wastes of the outback both lie in wait for the unwary. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. In a Sunburned Country offers the best of all possible introductions to what may well be the best of all possible nations. Even with those jellyfish.

Shakespeare

Shakespeare
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2016-04-26
ISBN 10: 0062565168
ISBN 13: 9780062565167
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare Book Review:

Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction by the author to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. His Shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time.

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2012-05-15
ISBN 10: 0385674546
ISBN 13: 9780385674546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Walk in the Woods Book Review:

God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas. With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey. An instant classic, riotously funny, A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.

What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World
Author: Bob Thiele,George David Weiss
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2015-02-17
ISBN 10: 1627792554
ISBN 13: 9781627792554
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What a Wonderful World Book Review:

The classic and beloved song is brought to life with bright and colorful illustrations by Tim Hopgood. First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, and with sales of over one million copies, "What a Wonderful World" has become a poignant message of hope for people everywhere. Sweet and positive in its message, with bright, beautiful art, this book is sure to be a hit. Perfect for sharing!

Bill Bryson s African Diary

Bill Bryson s African Diary
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307418847
ISBN 13: 9780307418845
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bill Bryson s African Diary Book Review:

From the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Body comes a travel diary documenting a visit to Kenya. All royalties and profits go to CARE International. In the early fall of 2002, famed travel writer Bill Bryson journeyed to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world. He arrived with a set of mental images of Africa gleaned from television broadcasts of low-budget Jungle Jim movies in his Iowa childhood and a single viewing of the film version of Out of Africa. (Also with some worries about tropical diseases, insects, and large predators.) But the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people took over the second he deplaned in Nairobi, and this diary records Bill Bryson’s impressions of his trip with his inimitable trademark style of wry observation and curious insight. From the wrenching poverty of the Kibera slum in Nairobi to the meticulously manicured grounds of the Karen Blixen house and the human fossil riches of the National Museum, Bryson registers the striking contrasts of a postcolonial society in transition. He visits the astoundingly vast Great Rift Valley; undergoes the rigors of a teeth-rattling train journey to Mombasa and a hair-whitening flight through a vicious storm; and visits the refugee camps and the agricultural and economic projects where dedicated CARE professionals wage noble and dogged war against poverty, dislocation, and corruption. Though brief in compass and duration, Bill Bryson’s African Diary is rich in irreverent, poignant, and morally instructive observation. Like all of this author’s work, it can make the reader laugh, think, and especially, feel all at the same time.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2012-05-15
ISBN 10: 0385674503
ISBN 13: 9780385674508
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Short History of Nearly Everything Book Review:

One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers 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 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.

Sunburnt Country

Sunburnt Country
Author: Joelle Gergis
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2018-10-25
ISBN 10: 9781525285035
ISBN 13: 1525285033
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sunburnt Country Book Review:

What was Australia's climate like before official weather records began? How do scientists use tree-rings, ice cores and tropical corals to retrace the past? What do Indigenous seasonal calendars reveal? And what do settler diary entries about rainfall, droughts, bushfires and snowfalls tell us about natural climate cycles? Sunburnt Country pieces together Australia's climate history for the first time. It uncovers a continent long vulnerable to climate extremes and variability. It gives an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered patterns that have been with us for millions of years, and what climate change looks like in our own backyard. Sunburnt Country highlights the impact of a warming planet on Australian lifestyles and ecosystems and the power we all have to shape future life on Earth.

Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-09-25
ISBN 10: 0385674554
ISBN 13: 9780385674553
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neither Here Nor There Book Review:

Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to travel writing as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet and heads for Europe. Travelling with Stephen Katz--also his wonderful sidekick in A Walk in the Woods--he wanders from Hammerfest in the far north, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. As he makes his way round this incredibly varied continent, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before with caustic hilarity.

The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-09-25
ISBN 10: 0385674562
ISBN 13: 9780385674560
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lost Continent Book Review:

"I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to." And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn't hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in England he returned to the land of his youth, and drove almost 14,000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam, the kind of smiling village where the movies from his youth were set. Instead he drove through a series of horrific burgs, which he renamed Smellville, Fartville, Coleslaw, Coma, and Doldrum. At best his search led him to Anywhere, USA, a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by obese and slow-witted hicks with a partiality for synthetic fibres. He discovered a continent that was doubly lost: lost to itself because he found it blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a foreigner in his own country.

I m a Stranger Here Myself

I m a Stranger Here Myself
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-05-13
ISBN 10: 0767931181
ISBN 13: 9780767931182
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I m a Stranger Here Myself Book Review:

A classic from the New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body. After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens—as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item. Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-04-30
ISBN 10: 0307373622
ISBN 13: 9780307373625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Book Review:

From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.” Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people’s hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman. Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.” In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young.

The Road to Little Dribbling

The Road to Little Dribbling
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2015-10-13
ISBN 10: 0385685726
ISBN 13: 9780385685726
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Road to Little Dribbling Book Review:

Bill Bryson returns to his internationally beloved topic, Britain, with his first travel book in fifteen years. In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, Notes from a Small Island, became one of the most loved books of recent decades. Now, in this hotly anticipated new travel book, his first in fifteen years and sure to be greeted as the funniest book of the decade, Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today--while doing that incredibly rare thing of making us laugh out loud in public.

Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island
Author: Bill Bryson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2015-06-02
ISBN 10: 0062417436
ISBN 13: 9780062417435
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Notes from a Small Island Book Review:

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.

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail
Author: Rinker Buck
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2015-06-30
ISBN 10: 1451659164
ISBN 13: 9781451659160
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oregon Trail Book Review:

In the bestselling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules—which hasn't been done in a century—that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning 2,000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate West—historians still regard this as the largest land migration of all time—the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. The New Yorker described his first travel narrative,Flight of Passage, as “a funny, cocky gem of a book,” and with The Oregon Trailhe seeks to bring the most important road in American history back to life. At once a majestic American journey, a significant work of history, and a personal saga reminiscent of bestsellers by Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed, the book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains with tremendous humor and heart. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an “incurably filthy” Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, Buck dodges thunderstorms in Nebraska, chases his runaway mules across miles of Wyoming plains, scouts more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, crosses the Rockies, makes desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water, and repairs so many broken wheels and axels that he nearly reinvents the art of wagon travel itself. Apart from charting his own geographical and emotional adventure, Buck introduces readers to the evangelists, shysters, natives, trailblazers, and everyday dreamers who were among the first of the pioneers to make the journey west. With a rare narrative power, a refreshing candor about his own weakness and mistakes, and an extremely attractive obsession for history and travel,The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime.

Italian Ways On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

Italian Ways  On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
Author: Tim Parks
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-05-05
ISBN 10: 0393348822
ISBN 13: 9780393348828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Italian Ways On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo Book Review:

An Italian travelogue describes the trains that traverse the country, from the architecture of old train stations to the new high-speed railways, and portrays the author's memorable encounters along the way.

My Own Two Feet

My Own Two Feet
Author: Beverly Cleary
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2009-03-17
ISBN 10: 9780061756924
ISBN 13: 006175692X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Own Two Feet Book Review:

The New Yorker called Beverly Cleary's first volume of memoirs, A Girl From Yamhill, a warm, honest book, as interesting as any novel. Now the creator of the classic children's stories millions grew up with continues her own fascination story. Here is Beverly Cleary, from college years to the publication of her first book. It is a fascinating look at her life and a writing career that spans three generations, continuing to capture the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages throughout the world.

One Summer

One Summer
Author: Ruby Mildred Ayres
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 293
Release: 1930
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UVA:X030735828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Summer Book Review:

Crocodile Attack in Australia

Crocodile Attack in Australia
Author: Hugh Edwards
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 192
Release: 1988-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780958784122
ISBN 13: 0958784124
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crocodile Attack in Australia Book Review:

Wilam

Wilam
Author: Andrew Kelly,Aunty Joy Murphy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 28
Release: 2021-07-07
ISBN 10: 9781760653545
ISBN 13: 1760653543
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wilam Book Review:

Now in a gorgeous board book format, this is the story of one day in the life of the vital, flourishing Birrarung (Yarra River). As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam - home. Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne's beautiful Yarra river, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.