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Bill Bryson’s bestselling books include A Walk in the WoodsI’m a Stranger Here MyselfIn a Sunburned CountryA Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and At Home. He lives in England with his wife.
 
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At Home
A Short History of Private Life
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95

“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about... Read more >

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At Home
A Short History of Private Life
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $28.95

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that... Read more >

At Home
A Short History of Private Life
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $11.99

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At Home
A Short History of Private Life
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Large Print
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $29.00

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At Home: Special Illustrated Edition
A Short History of Private Life
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $21.99

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At Home: Special Illustrated Edition
A Short History of Private Life
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00

From one of our most beloved authors, a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home—now richly illustrated with more than three hundred images.

National bestseller At Home is Bill Bryson’s epic chronicle of domestic history. In this handsome new edition, his riveting room-by-room journey of discovery around his... Read more >
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Bill Bryson's African Diary

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $12.00

Bryson visits Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to eradicating poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with famous game reserves and a vibrant culture. It also provides plenty to worry a traveller like Bill Bryson, fixated as he is on the dangers posed by snakes, insects... Read more >
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Bill Bryson's African Diary

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 64 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words
A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $14.00

As a copy editor for the London Times in the early 1980s, Bill Bryson felt keenly the lack of an easy-to-consult, authoritative guide to avoiding the traps and snares in English, and so he brashly suggested to a publisher that he should write one.

Now, a decade and a half later, revised... Read more >
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Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $11.99

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Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 20, 2008
Price: $14.99

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Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $16.95

From one of America's most beloved and bestselling authors, a wonderfully useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers.

What is the difference between “immanent” and “imminent”? What is the singular form of graffiti? What is the difference between “acute” and “chronic”?... Read more >
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I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $15.99

After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They... Read more >

I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 13, 2008
Price: $11.99

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In a Sunburned Country

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.99

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the... Read more >

In a Sunburned Country

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 1, 2000
Price: $11.99

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
A Memoir
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $11.99

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
A Memoir
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $25.00

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
A Memoir
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $15.99

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One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95

A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was... Read more >

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One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $28.95

In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man... Read more >

One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $12.99

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One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Large Print
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $29.00

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A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
On Sale: October 27, 2009
Price: $19.99

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A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: eBook, 624 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 30, 2010
Price: $12.99

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