The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent

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

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: VNR AG

ISBN: 0060161582

Category: Travel

Page: 314

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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
Categories: Travel

The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America And Neither Here Nor There Travels in Europe

The Lost Continent   Travels in Small Town America  And  Neither Here Nor There   Travels in Europe

Here in one volume are two comic masterpieces.

Author: Bill Bryson


ISBN: OCLC:939624575

Category: Europe


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Here in one volume are two comic masterpieces. In one the author returns to America and sets off in his mother's car in a journey of rediscovery through thirty-eight states. In the second trip he travels Europe from Hammerfest in Norway to Istanbul. Fluent in at least one language, backpack on his shoulders and a tight fist on his wallet, he retraces his student travels of twenty years before.
Categories: Europe

Going Places A Reader s Guide to Travel Narrative

Going Places  A Reader s Guide to Travel Narrative

Joan London's award-winning novel, Gilgamesh, tells the story of an Australian
woman and her son, who travel to Soviet Armenia in 1939 to find her son's father.
Bryson, Bill The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America. New York: ...

Author: Robert Burgin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610693851

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 572

View: 274

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson

... a century , Bill Bryson remains best known as a travel writer . Yet , as he told
Norman Oder of Publishers Weekly , " I stumbled into this genre . " The Lost
Continent : Travels in Small - Town America , documenting a car trip he took
around the ...

Author: Scott P. Richert

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 0761441204

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 127

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"A biography of writer Bill Bryson that describes his era, major works, and life"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Quicklet on Bill Bryson s Notes From a Small Island CliffNotes like Summary

Quicklet on Bill Bryson s Notes From a Small Island  CliffNotes like Summary

During much of his career while living in England, Bryson worked as a journalist,
serving as chief copy editor for The Times' ... Some of Bryson's other books
include The Lost Continent: Travels in SmallTown America (1989), Neither Here
nor ...

Author: Vivian Wagner

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 9781614648987

Category: Study Aids

Page: 17

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ABOUT THE BOOK Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island is a quirky, funny book filled with amazing and intriguing details about Britain. I love this book, just as I love all of Bryson’s writing. It reminds me of the first book I read by him – A Walk in the Woods – because it, too, is a travel story that has him ambling around the countryside and reporting his observations. In fact, he has such a likable voice and an engaging manner that he could walk around the block and still make it fun to read. That’s the wonderful thing about Bryson, and it’s why I love him. He has a wry sense of humor that makes anything interesting, funny, and endearing, and this book about Britain is no exception. You’ll read it and laugh, and at the same time you’ll learn a lot about this country, its history, its politics, and its people. You’ll also learn a lot about Bryson himself, and that’s enjoyable, as well. The thing about Bryson is that he sees everything through the lens of his own perspective, but that personal perspective never obscures the subject that he’s looking at. The more you learn about him, the more you understand his take on his subject matter. That is exactly what happens in Notes from a Small Island. MEET THE AUTHOR professional writer Vivian Wagner has wide-ranging interests, from technology and business to music and motorcycles. She writes features regularly for ECT News Network, and her work has also appeared in American Profile, Entrepreneur, Bluegrass Unlimited, and many other publications. She is also the author of Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel 2010). For more about her, visit her website at EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Notes from a Small Island was published in 1997 as a kind of love story about the country Bryson was getting ready to leave. It’s told as a travel narrative, and in order to write it as such, he travels around the country as a tourist, trying to see it with fresh eyes after having lived there for a number of years as a resident. The book opens with him arriving in England via Calais, just as he arrived years before, and it continues by following him on his journey through the country. As Publisher’s Weekly says in a review of the book, “his trenchant, witty and detailed observations of life in a variety of towns and villages will delight Anglophiles. Traveling only on public transportation and hiking whenever possible, Bryson wandered along the coast through Bournemouth and neighboring villages that reinforced his image of Britons as a people who rarely complain and are delighted by such small pleasures as a good tea. In Liverpool, the author's favorite English city, he visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum to experience its past as a great port. Interweaving descriptions of landscapes and everyday encounters with shopkeepers, pub customers and fellow travelers, Bryson shares what he loves best about the idiosyncrasies of everyday English life in this immensely entertaining travel memoir.” Buy a copy to keep reading!
Categories: Study Aids

Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here  Nor There

The Lost Continent Travels in small-town America And, as soon as Bill Bryson
was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn't hold him, but it did lure him back.
After ten years in England, he returned to the land of his youth, and drove almost

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409095873

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 454

Bill Bryson’s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.
Categories: Humor

A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration Michael
Shapiro ... of William Morrow and Company, Inc. Selection from The Lost
Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson copyright © 1989 by Bill

Author: Michael Shapiro

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 9781932361810

Category: Travel

Page: 312

View: 312

In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait through his interviews, allowing the authors to speak intimately about the writer's life, and how place influences their work and perceptions. In each chapter Michael sets the scene by describing the writer's surroundings, placing the reader squarely in the locale, whether it be Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then lets the writer speak about life and the world, and through quiet probing draws out fascinating commentary from these remarkable people. For Michael it’s a dream come true, to meet his mentors; for readers, it's an engaging window onto the twin landscapes of great travel writers and the world in which they live.
Categories: Travel

Iowa Biographical Dictionary

Iowa Biographical Dictionary

Notes from a Small Island is his biggest commercial success, it chronicles his
final trip across England before moving back ... To research the other book, The
Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989), Bryson traveled to places
he ...

Author: Jan Onofrio

Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9780403093045

Category: History

Page: 781

View: 839

Iowa Biographical Dictionary contains biographies on hundreds of persons from diverse vocations that were either born, achieved notoriety and/or died in the state of Iowa. Prominent persons, in addition to the less eminent, that have played noteworthy roles are included in this resource. When people are recognized from your state or locale it brings a sense of pride to the residents of the entire state.
Categories: History

Revise for GCSE Geography AQA C

Revise for GCSE Geography AQA C

... travel book. It describes the area leading towards the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park in the USA. ... A Taken from The Lost ContinentTravels in Small
Town America by Bill Bryson What are the key points from the extract? 1 National

Author: David Payne

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 0435099957

Category: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Page: 128

View: 458

This text includes examiners' tips on preparing for and sitting the exam and explains how case studies should be used. It also contains double-page spreads, which contain key information for revising each area of subject content.
Categories: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Understanding Bobbie Ann Mason

Understanding Bobbie Ann Mason

In The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (London: Abacus-Little
Brown, 1993) Bill Bryson refers to the Burma Shave signs as being
representative of the passing of a distinctive Kentucky culture, as he reflects on
the "sad loss" of ...

Author: Joanna Price

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570033811

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

View: 918

In this comprehensive analysis, Joanna Price offers an introduction to Mason's nonfiction prose, short stories, and novels, and sheds light on the writer's distinctive style and thematic concerns."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Slow Road to Brownsville

Slow Road to Brownsville

... 1999) Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History ofthe
American West (1971) Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town
America (1989) Bill Bryson, Made in America (1994) Jenni Calder, There Must Be
a ...

Author: David Reynolds

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 9781771640534

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 933

"Immensely illuminating and enjoyable account of a road trip along Highway 83 ... Books like [Reynold's] prove that good travel writing remains not only very much alive, but essential."—The Bookseller In Slow Road to Brownsville, David Reynolds embarks on a road trip along Highway 83, a little-known two-lane highway built in 1926 that runs from Manitoba to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas. Growing up in a small town in England, Reynolds was enthralled by both the myth of the Wild West and the myth of the open road. This road trip is his exploration of the reality behind these myths as he makes his way from small town to small town, gas station to gas station, and motel to motel, hanging out in bars, drinking with the locals, and observing their sometimes-peculiar customs. Reynolds also wanted to see the country where the Sioux, the Cheyenne, the Comanches, the Apaches, and other native groups lived and died and to look at how their descendants live now. He describes the forced location of the Cheyenne people, discovers the true story of the Alamo, and finds similarities between Sitting Bull’s tours and those of the Black Panthers.
Categories: Travel

Anglo American Crossroads

Anglo American Crossroads

Bryson, Bill (1997) The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America. London:
Abacus. Buchanan, Colin and Crowther, Geoffrey (1963) Traffic in Towns: A
Study of the LongTerm Problems of Traffic in Urban Areas &c. London: HMSO.
Budd ...

Author: Mark Clapson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441174741

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 368

The postwar British city was been shaped by many international forces during the last century, but American influences on British urban research and urban planning have been particularly significant. Beginning with debates about reconstruction during the Second World War, Anglo-American Crossroads explores how Americanisation influenced key approaches to town planning, from reconstruction after 1945 to the New Urbanism of the 1990s. Clapson pays particular attention to the relationship between urban sociological research and planning issues since the 1950s. He also addresses the ways in which American developers and planners of new communities looked to the British new towns and garden city movement for inspiration. Using a wide range of sources, from American Foundation Archives to town planning materials and urban sociologies, Anglo-American Crossroads shows that although some things went wrong in translation from the USA to Britain, there were also some important successes within a transatlantic dialogue that was more nuanced than a one-dimensional process of American hegemony.
Categories: History

American Sacred Space

American Sacred Space

—Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America This
CHAPTER Explores the concept and questions of sacred space in America as
they have been rendered problematical by the cultural conditions pressing on
them at the ...

Author: David Chidester

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253210062

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 994

In a series of pioneering studies, this book examines the creation—and the conflict behind the creation—of sacred space in America. The essays in this volume visit places in America where economic, political, and social forces clash over the sacred and the profane, from wilderness areas in the American West to the Mall in Washington, D.C., and they investigate visions of America as sacred space at home and abroad. Here are the beginnings of a new American religious history—told as the story of the contested spaces it has inhabited. The contributors are David Chidester, Matthew Glass, Edward T. Linenthal, Colleen McDannell, Robert S. Michaelsen, Rowland A. Sherrill, and Bron Taylor.
Categories: Religion

Contemporary Authors New Revision

Contemporary Authors New Revision

BRYSON , Bill See BRYSON , William A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering
America on the Appalachian Trail , Broadway Books ( New York City ) ... The Lost
Continent : Travels in Small - Town America , Harper ( New York City ) , 1989 .

Author: Gale Group

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0787620092

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 450

View: 863

This volume of Contemporary Authors® New Revision Series brings you up-to-date information on approximately 250 writers. Editors have scoured dozens of leading journals, magazines, newspapers and online sources in search of the latest news and criticism. Writers appearing in this volume include: Dennis Cooper Charles Ludlam David Mamet Helen Vendler
Categories: Literary Collections

Made In America

Made In America

An Informal History of American English Bill Bryson ... SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
EMMA THOMPSON The Lost Continent Travels in small-town America And, as

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409095699

Category: Travel

Page: 592

View: 801

‘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
Categories: Travel

Contemporary Authors

Contemporary Authors

... England , to his native Iowa and set out on a journey by car across the North
American continent to write The Lost Continent : Travels in Small - Town America
. The work is an account of a thirty - eight state tour Bryson began in 1987 ,
having ...



ISBN: UOM:39015023715512

Category: Authors

Page: 507

View: 548

Categories: Authors

Travel Writing

Travel Writing

Bill Bryson's bestselling travelogue The Lost Continent (1989) at one level
recounts the author's bemused peregrinations around small-town America. At
another level, however, it records a different sort of journey, more subtle and
more inward ...

Author: Carl Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136720802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 145

An increasingly popular genre – addressing issues of empire, colonialism, post-colonialism, globalization, gender and politics – travel writing offers the reader a movement between the familiar and the unknown. In this volume, Carl Thompson: introduces the genre, outlining competing definitions and key debates provides a broad historical survey from the medieval period to the present day explores the autobiographical dimensions of the form looks at both men and women’s travel writing, surveying a range of canonical and more marginal works, drawn from both the colonial and postcolonial era utilises both British and American travelogues to consider the genre's role in shaping the history of both nations. Concise and practical, Travel Writing is the ideal introduction for those new to the subject, as well as a crucial overview of current debates in the field.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Words on Cassette 2002

Words on Cassette 2002

(Pg. 1407) •Bryson, Bill. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America.
Olivers Audio Bks GBR. (Pg. 1407) — The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got
That Way. Books on Tape. (Pg. 1569) Bryson, Bill. Neither Here nor There. BDD
Aud ...

Author: R R Bowker Publishing

Publisher: R. R. Bowker

ISBN: 0835245160

Category: Reference

Page: 4891

View: 492

Categories: Reference

In Search of America

In Search of America

The Image of the United States in Travel Writing of the 1980's and 1990's
Małgorzata Rutkowska ... Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent : Travels in Small -
Town America ( 1989 ) is a satirical account of a homecoming trip combined with
a journey ...

Author: Małgorzata Rutkowska


ISBN: IND:30000124287925

Category: Travel in literature

Page: 155

View: 757

Categories: Travel in literature

British and American Studies

British and American Studies

How do these authors approach the theme of small-town life? What are the ... Bill
Bryson's The Lost Continent is an account of a homecoming journey undertaken
after many years of residence in Britain. Guided by nostalgic ... The Lost
Continent. Travels in Small-Town America (New York: Harper Perennial, 1989), p
. 38.



ISBN: 8323113637

Category: English literature

Page: 419

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Categories: English literature