Most widely held works about Bill Bryson
Most widely held works by Bill Bryson
A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Book )
110 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 14 languages and held by 4,623 libraries worldwide
In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge.
A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson ( Book )
73 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,326 libraries worldwide
Bryson share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend. The two encounter eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way.
In a sunburned country by Bill Bryson ( Book )
162 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 11 languages and held by 3,269 libraries worldwide
Travel writer Bill Bryson chronicles the experiences he had and profiles the people and wildlife he encountered while traveling through Australia.
The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir by Bill Bryson ( Book )
108 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 2,901 libraries worldwide
Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century--1951--in the middle of the United States--Des Moines, Iowa--in the middle of the largest generation in American history--the baby boomers. As one of the funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his all-American childhood for memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood wearing a jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck, vanquishing evildoers--in his head--as "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using his fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality--a life at once familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.--From publisher description.
The mother tongue : English & how it got that way by Bill Bryson ( Book )
34 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 2,880 libraries worldwide
Covers the history of language from its beginnings to the explosion of English as a global language in the twentieth century.
At home : a short history of private life by Bill Bryson ( Book )
19 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,440 libraries worldwide
Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.
Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson ( Book )
165 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in 11 languages and held by 2,393 libraries worldwide
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best-sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland - and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him. But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain, and to analyze what he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, zebra crossings, and place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells. With characteristic wit and irreverence, Bill Bryson presents the ludicrous and the endearing in equal measure. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.
Bryson's dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
33 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 2,293 libraries worldwide
A revised and updated edition of a humorous primer to the English language, expanded for an American audience, contains entries on correct and questionable usage, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide.
Shakespeare : the world as stage by Bill Bryson ( Book )
49 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 2,174 libraries worldwide
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 supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his own research. He celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's--the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and an unrivaled gift for storytelling.--From publisher description.
The lost continent : travels in small-town America by Bill Bryson ( Book )
57 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 2,158 libraries worldwide
When a native of Iowa returns from England to wander across America's heartland in search of the perfect small town, the result is a string of hilarious anecdotes and biting social commentary.
I'm a stranger here myself : notes on returning to America after twenty years away by Bill Bryson ( Book )
30 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,983 libraries worldwide
Bryson recalls his return to the United States after twenty years in England.
Made in America : an informal history of the English language in the United States by Bill Bryson ( Book )
17 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 1,894 libraries worldwide
A linguistic history, told through anecdote and humor, of American speech and English word usage in the United States.
A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
94 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,587 libraries worldwide
Bryson reconnects with America after twenty years abroad by hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Neither here nor there : travels in Europe by Bill Bryson ( Book )
51 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,584 libraries worldwide
Bill Bryson's humorous account of his trip to Europe.
Bryson's dictionary for writers and editors by Bill Bryson ( Book )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,098 libraries worldwide
"...A personal collection, built up over thirty years as a writer and editor in two countries" and "intended as a quick, concise guide to the problems of English spelling and usage." First published in the 1980s, Bryson's compilation has been updated and re-released, and includes definitions, guides to punctuation and grammar, and helpful conversion tables (Celsius to Fahrenheit; kilometers to miles). In short, it's equal parts The Elements of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, Webster's New World Dictionary, and general desktop encyclopedia.--From publisher description.
Bill Bryson's African diary by Bill Bryson ( Book )
21 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Korean and held by 1,062 libraries worldwide
A travel writer with little background knowledge of Africa recounts his journey to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, where he visited slums, historic sites, natural wonders, refugee camps, and relief projects.
A really short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Book )
14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 891 libraries worldwide
Short, illustrated segments explore the history of science. Examines the "how" and the the "who" of scientific discovery. Explores the mysteries of time and space, and how, against all odds, life came to be on the wonderous planet we call home.
Seeing further : the story of science, discovery, and the genius of the Royal Society ( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 838 libraries worldwide
As editor of "Seeing Further," Bryson has rounded up an extraordinary roster of scientists who write and writers who know science in order to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Society, Britain's scientific national academy. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Steve Jones, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Richard Holmes, and Neal Stephenson, among many others, on subjects ranging from metaphysics to nuclear physics, from the threatened endtimes of flu and climate change to our evolving ideas about the nature of time itself, from the hidden mathematics that rule the universe to the cosmological principle that guides "Star Trek."
At home [a short history of private life by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 831 libraries worldwide
Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.
Notes from a big country by Bill Bryson ( Book )
67 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 581 libraries worldwide
After nearly two decades in England, Bill Bryson, the world's best-loved travel writer returned to live in the country he had left as a youth. So gathered here is eighteen months' worth of his popular columns about that strangest of phenomena, the American way of life, where he brings his inimitable brand of bemused wit to bear on the world's richest and craziest country.
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