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Mon, 04 Dec 2006

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid / Bill Bryson
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid At Thanksgiving dinner this year, my host waxed ironic about the incipient Black Friday, which would begin at 5 AM with some "when they're gone, they're gone" super special deals at places like Fry's. But not for me; I managed to laze about on Friday, finally dragging myself to a couple of emporia around noon. After finding nothing I wanted at the Apple Store (the brick & mortar one in Palo Alto), I went across the street to Borders, housed in a building that was once a gracious theater. Didn't buy anything there either, although I was pleased to notice that Bill Bryson has a new book out. I discovered Bryson on a business trip to Denmark of all places; desperate for something, anything to read, I picked up one of his books on the derivation of English words and phrases and was almost immediately hooked. After that it was all of his travel books, although as I wrote elsewhere, his are not the kind of travel books that make one want to follow where he leads. And here comes another one, although in this case we couldn't follow even if we wanted to. Because, you see, the destination is the past, specifically his own past in the Middle America of the 1950s.

I have to confess to not having read or listened to The Life and Times. Not yet. But it's on my iPod, and just waiting for my next road trip. The perfect thing to fill the empty spaces between towns in the deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and back to Nevada.

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