Review: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Bill Bryson (2006)

When I caught myself laughing out loud as I stood in the bookstore reading Bill Bryson’s latest book, I almost did the unthinkable and plunked down money for a brand new hardback book, something I haven’t done in years. Instead, I restrained myself, checking it out from the library the first chance I could and I was amply rewarded with a hilarious and surprisingly informative book.

My favorites by Bryson are his travel books—Notes From a Small Island, In a Sunburned Country, and the fantastic A Walk in the Woods. In his latest book, Bryson travels again—time travels, that is—back to the 1950s, using personal recollections of growing up in Iowa to give an entertaining portrait of the decade. Bryson continues to be an excellent storyteller, and you can’t beat him for chuckles-per-page.

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