Made in America

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Black Swan, Jan 1, 1998 - Americanisms - 478 pages
288 Reviews

Bill Bryson turns away from the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture.

In Made in America, Bryson 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 Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

Buy this book at once and have a nice day!

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Really interesting but light and easy to read. - Goodreads
Not a page turner, but still fascinating. - Goodreads
Bryson is a great writer. - Goodreads
A fun read, an educational read, a good read. - Goodreads
Bryson is as always an entertaining writer. - Goodreads
Ok, he states in the intro...he likes to digress. - Goodreads

Review: Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

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Goodness! It looks like it took me quite a bit longer to read this than it actually did. Truth be told, I set it aside for other stuff and picked it up in early July...but it still took nearly a month ... Read full review

Review: Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

It took me awhile to read this book because there was just so much information to process. I think the subtitle is a bit misleading. It should be something such as "An Informal History of the United ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. His the bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There,A Walk in the Woods and Down Under. He is also the author of the prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything, and his most recent book is The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.

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