Written by Bill Bryson
Publisher: Black Swan
Genre: Travel, Nonfiction, Memoir, Humour, Essays
Original Language: English
Read in English
Review: Notes from a Big Country was the first Bill Bryson book I read, and remains one of my favourite books to this day. I read most of it on a bus down the west coast of the US, and it was appropriate in all the right ways: it was about the US, it was funny in a way I liked (and still like) very much, and it consists of short essays which are bite-sized, quick to read, and easy to share with others sitting on the same bus. I laughed out loud several times by this book, the “how to calculate your taxes” essay being one of my favourites, and it’s a great book to just pick up and read a bit of now and then.