“Conversations with Bill Bryson”
• New York Times Bestselling Author
• Order of the British Empire Recipient for Contribution to Literature
• Collaborative Author with Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, OSU Tulsa
Best known for his warm and witty way of transforming everyday happenings into amusing anecdotes, Bill Bryson tackles any subject from travel and the intricacies of the English language to the history of home. His immensely popular book A Walk in the Woods was named one of TIME magazine’s “ALL-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books.” He also received acclaim for A Short History of Nearly Everything, which popularized science for a general audience. The Chicago-Sun Times said it best when they claimed, “Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.”
The Tulsa City-County Library suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library.
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Known for his eclectic interests, depth of research, evocative descriptions of landscapes and ideas, and sometimes outrageous humor, Bill Bryson has become one of the most popular journalist authors. Below is a small sampling of his work.
One Summer: America 1927 (2013). Recounts the story of a pivotal cultural year in the United States when mainstream pursuits and historical events were marked by contributions by such figures as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone (NoveList).
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (2006). The author describes his all-American childhood growing up as a member of the baby boom generation in the heart of Iowa, detailing his rich fantasy life as a superhero known as the Thunderbolt Kid and his remarkably normal 1950s family life (NoveList).
In a Sunburned Country (2000). Bryson shares accounts of his travels in Australia, which has the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife on the planet (NoveList).