Best Books by Bill Bryson

In the world of nonfiction writing, Bill Bryson stands at the top of the bookstack, known for his distinctive  avuncular writing style, keen observation (especially for the absurd and the ironic), and brilliant wit. He is one of the most successful nonfiction writers of this generation. Whether he is writing about the English language, America, Australia, England, Shakespeare, or science, Bryson brings a natural enthusiasm and inquisitiveness that makes his books amazingly engaging and hard to put down. It is rare to say this about a nonfiction book, but in the case of Bryson’s books, the reader wishes that the book continued for just a few more precious chapters. Bryson packs his prose with generous heaps of fascinating facts and trivia, but adds tablespoons of humor that evokes chuckles — and many times, outright laughter. There is no such thing as a boring topic, only dreary presenters and unimaginative presentations; if every high school and college professor in the country had Bryson’s ability to make topics interesting and humorous, every class would be popular or oversubscribed. Bookshelf invites you to take a course at Bryson University — inquisitive minds welcomed.

The Bill Bryson canon:

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989)
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way (1990)
Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (1992)
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States (1994)
Notes from a Small Island (1995)
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1998)
I’m a Stranger Here Myself (1999)
In a Sunburned Country (2000)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (2006)
Shakespeare: The World as Stage (2007, Illustrated Edition: 2009)
 At Home: A Short History of Private Life (2010)
One Summer: America, 1927 (2013)

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One response to “Best Books by Bill Bryson

  • interestingliterature

    Great post on a great writer. I love Bill Bryson – his A Short History of Nearly Everything is a great, light introduction to the world of science, and At Home has something for everyone. His travel books never fail to raise a chuckle – the one about Australia is a personal favourite.

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