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After living in Britain for 2 decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and 4 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, 24-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. From garbage disposals ("everything a labor-saving device should be...and so dazzlingly good at what it does you cannot imagine how you ever managed without one") to careless barbers ("in the mirror I am confronted with an image that brings to mind a lemon meringue pie with ears"), I'm a Stranger Here Myself chronicles the quirkiest aspects of life in America, right down to our hardware-store lingo, tax-return instructions, and the cupholder revolution ("cupholders are taking over the world").

©1999 Bill Bryson (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

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Sehr witzig!

Jetzt reizt es mich wieder die USA zu besuchen und eine Auszeit zu nehmen.
Schönen Tag!

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Ein echtes Vergnügen

Eine sehr unterschiedliche Sammlung von Eindrücken, Gedanken, Geschichten und Ideen. Mal nachdenklich, mal sarkastisch, mal verträumt, manchmal albern, aber immer treffend und echt. Es gab mehrere Stellen an denen ich Tränen gelacht habe (the garbage disposal). Ich kann dieses Hörbuch uneingeschränkt empfehlen. Eine sehr vergnügliche Reise zurück nach Amerika

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Excellent!!

Fantastic short columns, occasional a dull one (or just not my taste, like the tax return) but overall full of positive sarcasm, and parts that made me burst out in laughter "en plein publique" (of course with my I-pod, so I made everybody wonder what could be so funny!) Suggestion? YES! Listen and laugh! (or at least smile!)

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Intellegent fun...

Looking at Life in the US with the outside perspective of a newcomer to the country who is at the same time a born American coming back is interesting - and fun, especially when Bill Bryson applies his linguistic wit.I enjoyed it.