I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away
I'm a Stranger Here Myself is a collection of columns that Bryson wrote for Night & Day magazine between 1996 and 1998 after moving back to America after twenty years in England. Each column is three to four pages long and explores a different facet of modern American culture. The topics range from the big issues to to inconsequential pet peeves: drug policy, cup holders, computer tech support, pre-9/11 airline security, and national holidays.
"For reasons I cannot begin to understand, when I was about eight years old my parents gave me a pair of skis for Christmas. I went outside, strapped them on, and stood in a racing crouch, but nothing happened. This is because there are no hills in Iowa."
Bill Bryson is the author of various travel books, including A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country, as well as non-fiction such as At Home and The Mother Tongue. Bryson currently lives in England with his family.
Length: 304 pages
Set in: United States