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The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Bill Bryson; Bill Bryson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 076791936X 9780767919364 9780767919371 0767919378
OCLC Number: 65205130
Description: x, 270 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Hometown --
Welcome to kid world --
Birth of a superhero --
The age of excitement --
The pursuit of pleasure --
Sex and other distractions --
Boom! --
School days --
Man at work --
Down on the farm --
What, me worry? --
Out and about --
The public years --
Farewell.
Responsibility: Bill Bryson.
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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.

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