"Bryson is...great company right from the start—a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and...Dave Barry. [Readers] may find themselves turning the pages with increasing amusement and anticipation as they discover that they're in the hands of a satirist of the first rank, who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio."
—New York Times Book Review on A Walk in the Woods
"Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud."
—Chicago Sun-Times on I'm a Stranger Here Myself
"Bryson is unparalleled in his ability to cut a culture off at the knees in a way that is so humorous and so affectionate that those being ridiculed are laughing too hard to take offense."
—The Wall Street Journal on The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid