Have you tried going back to a place you lived many years ago, only to find that you now feel like an alien in the place you once called home? Bill Bryson was born and raised in the United States, but lived abroad in the United Kingdom for twenty years. In 1995, he returned to the land of his birth, with a wife and children. They settled in New Hampshire, where Bill went through the mental process of becoming American again.
For the next few years, he was constantly comparing the situations and behaviors of his fellow Americans with what the British would do or say. Each country’s habits had its advantages and its disadvantages. Bill ended up writing a column for a British publication that gave a humorous look at the differences between the two countries. This book is a compilation of those columns. You can read as many or as few as you like, as each is independent of the others.
My favorite chapters included: the never-ending tv ads for every sort of medicine, the ridiculous amount of cup-holder slots in cars, the difficulty in getting a simple haircut, old-fashioned diners, and attempted gardening. Sometimes it just feels good to laugh at the absurdity of things.