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Giant Communist Robot wrote:The books spent a week in customs before being x-rayed; they've now been released to the publisher. Over the weekend a friend was at a bookstore and saw a poster announcing a book signing and reading this Saturday. She e-mailed us a pic of the poster--it was the first we had heard about it. The publisher said bookstores do sometimes jump the gun on these things. So we'll be at the Kahala Barnes & Noble Saturday.
Monday the local newspaper ran a half page review with a color pic of the cover and a headshot of my wife. Tuesday someone she didn't know stopped her on the street to ask her if she was the author. A local celebrity.
piqaboo wrote:Again, wondering about shipping to/fro hawaii, because would LOVE to have signed copies (3).
Is there anything Bill Bryson isn't interested in? He moves from one subject to the next with equal amounts of genuine enthusiasm. And we're not talking about just the really remarkable stuff - a lot of what gets Bryson going seems quite mundane. Mousetraps, for instance. Once he has you hooked, you too realize that even mousetraps are pretty fascinating after all.
There's no point looking for a theme to At Home, even though it's nominally a social history of the home, specifically Bryson's home, a former rectory in Norfolk, built in 1851. Going from room to room is just an excuse for Bryson to expound on whatever he finds interesting. It might be best to take the book as a series of loosely connected magazine articles or short essays. You can skip around without losing the thread, because there isn't one.
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