The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid

✏Book Title : The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
✏Author : Bill Bryson
✏Publisher : Broadway Books
✏Release Date : 2006-10-17
✏Pages : 288
✏ISBN : 0767926315
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Book Summary : From one of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of One Summer, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s 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 best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat 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 with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality—a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you. He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate portraits of his father, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises, and OF his mother, whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home. The many readers of Bill Bryson’s earlier classic, A Walk in the Woods, will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz, seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer. He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers, who apply their scientific skills and can-do attitude to gleefully destructive ends. Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young.

✏Book Title : The Legal Dimension in Cold War Interactions Some Notes from the Field
✏Author : Tatiana Borisova
✏Publisher : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
✏Release Date : 2012-11-21
✏Pages : 185
✏ISBN : 9789004203327
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Legal Dimension in Cold War Interactions Some Notes from the Field Book Summary : This volume offers readers a stimulating perspective on both struggles and cooperation on the Cold-War’s legal front and regard for its political context. It covers the era of Stalinism up to the post-Communist period of the 1990s and 2000s.

📒Bill Bryson ✍ Scott P. Richert

✏Book Title : Bill Bryson
✏Author : Scott P. Richert
✏Publisher : Marshall Cavendish
✏Release Date : 2010-09-01
✏Pages : 127
✏ISBN : 0761441204
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Bill Bryson Book Summary : "A biography of writer Bill Bryson that describes his era, major works, and life"--Provided by publisher.

✏Book Title : Notes From A Small Island
✏Author : Bill Bryson
✏Publisher : Random House
✏Release Date : 2010-03-02
✏Pages : 416
✏ISBN : 9781409095750
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Notes From A Small Island Book Summary : In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill 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 the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite; a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy; place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells; people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and ‘Ooh lovely’ at the sight of a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits; and Gardeners' Question Time. Notes from a Small Island was a huge number-one bestseller when it was first published, and has become the nation's most loved book about Britain, going on to sell over two million copies.

✏Book Title : Going Places A Reader s Guide to Travel Narrative
✏Author : Robert Burgin
✏Publisher : ABC-CLIO
✏Release Date : 2013-01-08
✏Pages : 572
✏ISBN : 9781610693851
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Going Places A Reader s Guide to Travel Narrative Book Summary : Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

✏Book Title : The Oxford Companion to English Literature
✏Author : Dinah Birch
✏Publisher : OUP Oxford
✏Release Date : 2009-09-24
✏Pages : 1184
✏ISBN : 9780191030840
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Oxford Companion to English Literature Book Summary : The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.

📒Urban Meltdown ✍ Clive Doucet

✏Book Title : Urban Meltdown
✏Author : Clive Doucet
✏Publisher : New Society Publishers
✏Release Date : 2009-03-01
✏Pages : 240
✏ISBN : 9781550923476
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Urban Meltdown Book Summary : Stopping global warming isn't about better planning, it's about politics.

✏Book Title : The Herald
✏Author :
✏Publisher :
✏Release Date : 2007
✏Pages :
✏ISBN : UOM:39015066164081
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📒America In The Sixties ✍ John Robert Greene

✏Book Title : America in the Sixties
✏Author : John Robert Greene
✏Publisher : Syracuse University Press
✏Release Date : 2010-10-21
✏Pages : 224
✏ISBN : 9780815651338
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏America in the Sixties Book Summary : Greene sketches the well-known players of the period—John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Betty Friedan—bringing each to life with subtle detail. He introduces the reader to lesser-known incidents of the decade and offers fresh and persuasive insights on many of its watershed events. Greene argues that the civil rights movement began in 1955 following the death of Emmett Till; that many accomplishments credited to Kennedy were based upon myth, not historical fact, and that his presidency was far from successful; that each of the movements of the period—civil rights, students, antiwar, ethnic nationalism—were started by young intellectuals and eventually driven to failure by activists who had different goals in mind; and that the "counterculture," which has been glorified in today’s media as a band of rock-singing hippies, had its roots in some of the most provocative social thinking of the postwar period. Greene chronicles the decade in a thematic manner, devoting individual chapters to such subjects as the legacy of the fifties, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, the civil rights movements, and the war in Vietnam. Combining an engrossing narrative with intelligent analysis, America in the Sixties enriches our understanding of that pivotal era.

📒Made In America ✍ Bill Bryson

✏Book Title : Made In America
✏Author : Bill Bryson
✏Publisher : Random House
✏Release Date : 2010-03-02
✏Pages : 592
✏ISBN : 9781409095699
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Made In America Book Summary : ‘Funny, wise, learned and compulsive’ - GQ Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes from a Big Country, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in America, Bryson tells the story of how American arose out of the English language, and along the way, de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn’t won, why Americans say ‘lootenant’ and ‘Toosday’, how they were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the words G-string, blockbuster, poker and snafu. ‘A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualities’ Will Self, Independent on Sunday