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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989)

by Bill Bryson

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Series: Bill Bryson's Travels (1)

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"Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after ten years in England he decided to go home--to a foreign country. In an aging Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through thirty-eight states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America."--Container.… (more)
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Disappointing. A lot of baby boomer-ish ranting about how things aren't exactly like they were in 1957. Stick with other Bryson work. ( )
  AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
Orig. published individually in 1989 and 1991 ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Die Einstellung des Autors ist an Negativität kaum noch zu übertreffen, obwohl stellenweise witzige Bemerkungen zu lesen sind. ( )
  Mariul | Feb 29, 2020 |
Loved this book, as I do all of Bryson’s books. There’s just something about his sarcastic sense of humor and his love for travel that mixes so well into a spectacular read. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
No maps, no index - how can this be called a travelogue? ( )
  KayCliff | Oct 28, 2019 |
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he drives through the states,
acts miserable,
eating junk and talking shit.

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