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Bill Bryson

Discovering a Fine Figure of a Misunderstood Man

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Jeremiah Horrigan

Washington saw his job as setting the standard for everyone who would follow him, a job he did exceedingly well. If most of his successors and wannabes couldn't and can't measure up to those stirring standards, shame on them, not him.

How To Make The Most Of Your 650,000 Hours On Earth

Ken Budd | Posted 01.12.2016 | Fifty
Ken Budd

Twelve words in a Bill Bryson book changed my friend Ann's life. Ann was 34, living in her native England, and bored by her job as an office manager for a government contractor. Then she read Bryson's book.

A Walk in the Woods: A U.S. - Russia Rendezvous, in a "No-Try" Zone?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.06.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

"Andrey, this is our best proposal to date. The President has dedicated himself to the image of peacemaker. He wants to do some lasting work. You s...

The Appalachian Trail by Rent-a-Car (Part 2)

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.28.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Though often remote, the Appalachian Trail was a route like any other. Ordinary roads ran near it and intersected it as it wound its way around towns, over rivers and across forested valleys. What was to stop me from tracking the trail by . . . car?

A Drive in the Woods: The Appalachian Trail by Rent-a-Car

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The Appalachian Trail is back in the news these days. Some of us have indelible memories of our experiences on the trail. Here's my tale of tracing the entire length of it, years back, in, uh, a rented Geo Prizm.

Redford and Nolte Plod Through the 'Woods'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte co-star in the film "A Walk In the Woods," which is based on a book of the same name by Bill Bryson. It is an aimless film about two disparate men who team up to walk the Appalachian Trail, a trek of some seventeen hundred miles.

'A Walk in the Woods': Negotiating Nature on the Appalachian Trail

Joseph Cooper | Posted 09.02.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

The movie adaptation of A Walk in the Woods is on solid footing with Bill Bryson's chronicle of the struggles, discomforts, and deprivations he endured -- and gratifications he derived -- as he explored the Appalachian Trail in the spring and summer of 1996. The book conveys the trepidations he experienced -- the perils encountered, and imagined.

Movie Review: A Walk in the Woods... An Important Film

Carole Mallory | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Nick Nolte grabs this film and walks away with honors. Every second that he is on screen is memorable. A Walk in the Woods is a sensitive, delicate, seamless comedy. Not the guffawing laugh fest implied in its horrible trailer.

Movie Review: A Walk in the Woods -- Amblin'

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

More than 15 years in the making, A Walk in the Woods is an entertaining and enjoyable film, if a formulaic one.  Adapted by Rick Kerb and Bill Hold...

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

52 Books in 52 Weeks, Week 47-48: A Little History, a Little Future

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

For week 47 of 52 books in 52 weeks I read Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927. And for week 48 I read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

52 Books in 52 Weeks, Week 46: Identical?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Identical follows the story of two, wait for it, identical twin brothers. One is a successful politician. The other's a convict, serving time for having killed his girlfriend.

The Familiar Remoteness of Bill Bryson's 1927

William Petrocelli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
William Petrocelli

No one writes with an easier grace than Bill Bryson. He has the rare ability to take a single, seemingly inconsequential observation and weave it, work it, and knead it until you're hooked on the story.

Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life Is a Fascinating, Funny Exploration of How We Came to Live As We Do

Liz Smith | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Liz Smith

"At Home" is one of the most delightful, incisive, exhaustively studied, and truly humorous histories I have ever read. The book is not new. It was published three years ago. And why I never got around to writing about it I'll never know.

Best Worst Brands of the Week: View Master, Spiro Graph, Nasty Gal, The History of Nearly Everything

Alona Elkayam | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Alona Elkayam

Over the years I had come to notice a distinct sign indicating I was in times of extreme happiness -- fluorescent colors in flashing Spiro graphic for...

Vitamin D in a Book:
Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned Country

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.12.2012 | Books
Maria Rodale

Actually, what vitamin is generated from hysterical, uncontrollable laughter? Vitamin H for Happiness? I have read thousands of books in my life and I...

A Book Review:
At Home, by Bill Bryson

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home
Maria Rodale

My daughter Maya got me this book for Christmas last year, and it took me a while to pick it up. But when I did I was so grateful. (Thank you, Maya!)....

WATCH: Bill Bryson And Stephen Colbert

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stephen Colbert asked author Bill Bryson about his new book "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" on his show last night, saying: "What about bed...

Odd Uses For A Book (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

You know by now we love books -- everything about them, especially how they transform a house into a home. But it's Friday again, it's cold, windy and...

Holidays '09: Ten Books I'll Bet No One Else Will Suggest

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The whole and entire point of HeadButler.com is to identify books you won't hear about in every Conde Nast magazine and online gift guide.

Christmas Gifts 2009: The Best Children's Picture Books Of The Year

Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

2009 has been a fantastic year for kids' picture books, and parents, you'll love them as much as your children do. There's something for everyone: fro...

Bill Bryson's 'Really Short History of Nearly Everything' Is The Dream Gift Book For Every Curious Kid

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Bill Bryson has created "A Really Short History of Nearly Everything," and he's done me -- and you, and every curious kid burdened by a dull textbook or a brain-dead science teacher -- a huge favor.

Dan Brown, Mitch Albom, Bestselling Authors Pick Books To Give

msnbc.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Bestselling authors recommend their favorite books: Dan Brown, Jeff Kinney, Mitch Albom and more tell us which books--non-fiction, novels, cookbooks, ...