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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
Bryson, Bill
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Format: Paperback, 320pp.
Date of publication: May 15 2001
ISBN-13: 9780060920081
Dimensions: 20.32 cm. (length) X 13.49 cm. (width) X 2.54 cm. (thickness)
Weight: 245 grams

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Author Note

Bill Bryson's many books include, most recently In a Sunburned Country, as well as I'm a Stranger Here Myself, A walk in the Woods, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue.He edited The Best American Travel Writing 2000. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he lived in England for almost two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and four children. [Edit review] [Delete review]

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Bill Bryson's unsparing and hilarious account of his travels across America in search of the perfect small town. At the end of his journey, Bryson finds not the idyllic town of his dream, but a ture understanding of America—and a certainty that despite the poverty and ignorance, there is much good in the island. [Edit review] [Delete review]
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An unsparing and hilarious account of one man's rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town. [Edit review] [Delete review]
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Chapter One

I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to. When you come from Des Moines you either accept the fact without question and settle down with a local girl named Bobbi and get a job at the Firestone factory and live there forever and ever, or you spend your adolescence moaning at length about what a dump it is and how you can't wait to get out, and then you settle down with a local girl named Bobbi and get a job at the Firestone factory and live there forever and ever.

Hardly anyone ever leaves. This is because Des Moines is the most powerful hypnotic known to man. Outside town there is a big sign that says, WELCOME TO DES MOINES. THIS IS WHAT DEATH IS LIKE. There isn't really. I just made that up. But the place does get a grip on you. People who have nothing to do with Des Moines drive in off the interstate, looking for gas or hamburgers, and stay forever. There's a New Jersey couple up the street... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]

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