The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

Category: Book
By (author): Bryson, Bill
Subject:  HUMOR / General
  TRAVEL / General
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: September 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.00in x 5.17in
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From The Publisher*From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is "laugh-out-loud funny."

Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people's hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman.

Bill Bryson's first travel book opened with the immortal line, "I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to." In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes- especially to anyone who has ever been young.

From the Hardcover edition.
Review Quote*"Outlandishly and improbably entertaining. . . . An evocation of childhood that's movingly true, no exaggeration necessary."
-The New York Times

"An entertaining romp of a book. . . . By the end of this vaudeville bill of a memoir, [Bryson] has you wishing you'd grown up in Des Moines in the 1950s yourself."
-The Globe and Mail

"Pitch-perfect, nostalgic, and tenderly ironic. . . . Wise. Somewhat innocent. This is a marvelous book."
-The Boston Globe

"A book about the joy of small things, about the rich and distinctive features that constitute normality, about the strange and singular ways in which everyday life is anything but quotidian. . . . Bryson is the master of the telling detail."
-Observer (UK)
Biographical NoteBill Bryson's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here Nor There, In a Sunburned Country, Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, the latter of which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize. Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

From the Hardcover edition.