Best sellers books October 2016

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins




Synopsis

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. "Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train. "-- Vanity Fair " The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl . . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership."-- The New York Times "Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend."-- USA Today "Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages."-- The Boston Globe " Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller."-- People EVERY DAY THE SAME Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life--as she sees it--is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. UNTIL TODAY And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. "Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train. "-- Vanity Fair " The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl . . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership."-- The New York Times "Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend."-- USA Today "Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages."-- The Boston Globe " Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller."-- People EVERY DAY THE SAME Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life--as she sees it--is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. UNTIL TODAY And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Product Identifiers

ISBN-100735212163
ISBN-139780735212169

Key Details
AuthorPaula Hawkins
Number Of Pages416 pages
Publication Date2016-08-23
LanguageEnglish
PublisherPenguin Publishing Group

Dimensions
Weight8 Oz
Height1.1 In.
Width4.2 In.
Length7.5 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
Dewey Decimal823/.92
Dewey Edition23

Reviews

" The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . The Girl on the Train is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership too. . . . The Girl on the Train is full of back-stabbing, none of it literal."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times " The Girl on the Train marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend."-- USA Today "Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages. . . . The welcome echoes of Rear Window throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make The Girl on the Train an absorbing read."-- The Boston Globe "[ The Girl on the Train ] pulls off a thriller's toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn't see coming."-- Entertainment Weekly " Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller. . . . Hawkins's debut ends with a twist that no one--least of all its victims--could have seen coming."-- People
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THE WHISTLER By John Grisham




Synopsis

From John Grisham, America's #1 bestselling author, comes the most electrifying novel of the year, a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State. We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It's rare, but it happens. Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history. What's the source of the ill-gotten gains? It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable skim of each month's cash. The judge is getting a cut and looking the other way. It's a sweet deal: Everyone is making money. But now Greg wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Greg files a complaint with the Board on Judicial Conduct, and the case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz, who immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

On the heels of the runaway success of Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham delivers the high-octane suspense that readers have come to expect from the master of the legal thriller. With his latest novel, John Grisham takes his irresistible blend of legal savvy and page-turning storytelling to a whole new level. Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and Grisham's trademark twists and turns, readers will be kept guessing until the very last page.
Product Identifiers

ISBN-100385541198
ISBN-139780385541190

Key Details
AuthorJohn Grisham
Number Of Pages384 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2016-10-25
LanguageEnglish
PublisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Dimensions
Weight24.6 Oz
Height1.1 In.
Width6.1 In.
Length9.2 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
Dewey Decimal813.6
Dewey Edition23

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 




Synopsis

A woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in #1"New York Times"bestseller Jodi Picoult's latest novel. A young woman and her husband, admitted to hospital to have a baby, request that their nurse be reassigned--they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into the courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear."
Product Identifiers

ISBN-101410463745
ISBN-139781410463746

Key Details
AuthorJodi Picoult
Edition DescriptionLarge Type
Publication Date2016-10-11
LanguageEnglish
PublisherCengage Gale

Additional Details
Copyright Date2017

Dimensions
Height1.5 In.
Width5.6 In.
Length8.5 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
Dewey Decimal813/.54
Dewey Edition23

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Born to turn by Bruce Springsteen




Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run in 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.
     Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.
     He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.
     Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.
     Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences. 

Product Details

Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501141511
ISBN-13: 978-1501141515
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
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THE MAGNOLIA STORY by Chip and Joanna Gaines




Synopsis

Are you ready to see your fixer upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like Who are these people?What s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America s new best friends. The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today. They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day. In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover: The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby Joanna s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck Joanna s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple Memories and photos from Chip and Jo s wedding The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? Oh yeah, says Joanna. He was, and still is, my first fixer upper. "
Product Identifiers

ISBN-100718079183
ISBN-139780718079185

Key Details
AuthorChip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
Number Of Pages240 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2016-10-18
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNelson Incorporated, Thomas

Additional Details
Number of Volumes1 vol.

Dimensions
Width6 In.
Length9 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

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Synopsis
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards. At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Raleigh. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
Product Identifiers
ISBN-101455520691
ISBN-139781455520695

Key Details
AuthorNicholas Sparks
Number Of Pages496 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2016-10-04
LanguageEnglish
PublisherGrand Central Publishing

Dimensions
Weight21.5 Oz
Height1.4 In.
Width6 In.
Length8.6 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
Dewey Decimal813.6
Dewey Edition23

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The Witches by Stacy Schiff






Synopsis
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Cleopatra," the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an 80-year-old man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer vividly chronicles the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. It began over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter started shrieking and throwing things around the house. It ended a year and a half later, when 19 men and women had been hanged and an 80-year-old man flattened by boulders. The hunt involved the most distinguished clergymen in the colonies. The trial began in a tavern but moved to a meeting house, so large were the crowds. Spectators heard false confessions, underhanded accusations, and accounts of witches flying through wintry air on their sticks. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is about gossip, jealousy, betrayal, revenge; about reputations and relationships; about bullying and property values and economic disparities.
Product Identifiers
ISBN-100316200603
ISBN-139780316200608

Key Details
AuthorStacy Schiff
Number Of Pages512 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2015-10-27
LanguageEnglish
PublisherLittle Brown & Company

Additional Details
Copyright Date2015
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight28.5 Oz
Height1.5 In.
Width6 In.
Length9.2 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN2015-939026
LC Classification NumberKFM2478.8.W5S35 2015
Dewey Decimal133.43097445
Dewey Edition23

Reviews
" The Witches is as close as we will ever come to understanding what happened in and around Salem in 1692.... An astonishing achievement." --David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History, Harvard University "A vivid picture of 1692 Massachusetts [that] brings the Salem trials to life." --Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express News "Schiff's books are based on serious scholarly research, yet they're conveyed in bright, accessible prose... She displays the same sharp intelligence and eclectic interests that distinguish her body of work." --Publishers Weekly (Most Anticipated Books of the Fall) "Schiff has beautifully combined remarkable story telling with historical accuracy and insight. She has opened up important new avenues for Salem scholarship." --Bernard Rosenthal, editor of Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt "Tragic and fascinating.... For anyone seriously interested in the history of witch trials in America, The Witches is probably the only book out there with the full story." --Bianca Phillips, Memphis Flyer "Incredibly astute.... Make[s] the fantastic events of Salem relatable to our own lives." --Sophia Kaufman, Michigan Daily
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HILLBILLY ELEGY  by J. D. Vance





From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful?account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader,?probing look at the struggles of America?s white working class
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis?that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.?s grandparents were ?dirt poor and in love,? and moved north from Kentucky?s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.
But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance?s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

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ESCAPE CLAUSE  by John Sandford





Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers’ case, make that two. The exceptional new thriller from the writer whose books are “pure reading pleasure” (Booklist).


The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others—as Virgil is about to find out.

Then there’s the homefront. Virgil’s relationship with his girlfriend Frankie has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie’s sister Sparkle moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people who emphatically do not want to be researched. For another…she thinks Virgil’s kind of cute.

     “You mess around with Sparkle,” Frankie told Virgil, “you could get yourself stabbed.”
     “She carries a knife?”
     “No, but I do.”

Forget a storm—this one’s a tornado.



Product Details

  • Series: A Virgil Flowers Novel (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (October 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399168915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399168918
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson



Synopsis
A loving and hilarious if occasionally spiky valentine to Bill Bryson s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodesof unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was "Notes from a Small Island, " a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed and what hasn t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road and on a tear. "The Road to Little Dribbling" reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative and a really, "really "funny guy."

A loving and hilarious--if occasionally spiky--valentine to Bill Bryson's adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed--and what hasn't. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road--and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative--and a really, really funny guy.

The hilarious and loving sequel to a hilarious and loving classic of travel writing: "Notes from a Small Island, "Bill Bryson s valentine to his adopted country of England In 1995 Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, "Notes from a Small Island, " is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is "The Road to Little Dribbling." Nothing is funnier than Bill Bryson on the road prepare for the total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter."
Product Identifiers
ISBN-100385539282
ISBN-139780385539289

Key Details
AuthorBill Bryson
Number Of Pages400 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2016-01-19
LanguageEnglish
PublisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Additional Details
Copyright Date2016
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight26.3 Oz
Height1.3 In.
Width6.4 In.
Length9.6 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN2015-027450
LC Classification NumberDA632.B79 2016
Dewey Decimal914.104/8612
Dewey Edition23

Reviews
Praise for The Road to Little Dribbling : "Although he''s now entering what he fondly calls his ''dotage,'' the 64-year-old Bryson seems merely to have sharpened both his charms and his crotchets. As the title of The Road to Little Dribbling suggests, he remains devoted to Britain''s eccentric place names as well as its eccentric pastimes." --Alida Becker, The New York Times Book Review "[Y]ou could hardly ask for a better guide to Great Britain than Bill Bryson. Bryson''s new book is in most ways a worthy successor and sequel to his classic Notes From A Small Island . Like its predecessor, The Road to Little Dribbling is a travel memoir, combining adventures and observations from his travels around the island nation with recounting of his life there, off and mostly on, over the last four decades. Bryson is such a good writer that even if you don''t especially go in for travel books, he makes reading this book worthwhile." --Nancy Klingener, Miami Herald "...Bryson''s capacity for wonder at the beauty of his adopted homeland seems to have only grown with time.... Britain is still his home four decades later, a period in which he went from lowly scribe at small-town British papers to best-selling travel writer. But he retains an outsider''s appreciation for a country that first struck him as ''wholly strange ... and yet somehow marvelous." --Griff Witte, Washington Post "Such a pleasure to once again travel the lanes and walking paths of Britain in the company of Bill Bryson! He''s a little older now, and not necessarily wiser, but he''s as delightful and irascible a guide as anyone could ever wish to have, as he rediscovers this somewhat careworn land and finds it as endearing (mostly) as ever. It''s a rare book that will make me laugh out loud. This one did, over and over." --Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City "There''s a whole lot of "went to a charming little village named Bloke-on-Weed, had a look around, a cupof tea, and moved on" in Bryson''s most recent toddle around Britain. Writing 20 years after his bestselling Notes from a Small Island , Bryson concocts another trip through his homeland of 40 years bydetermining the longest distance one could travel in Britain in a straight line... This being Bryson, one chuckles every couple of pages, of course, saying, ''yup, that sounds about right,'' to his curmudgeonly commentary on everything from excess traffic and litter to rude sales clerks. One also feels the thrum of wanderlust as Bryson encounters another gem of a town or pip of a pub. And therein lies the charm of armchair traveling with Bryson. He clearly adores his adopted country. There are no better views, finer hikes, more glorious castles, or statelier grounds than the ones he finds, and Bryson takes readers on a lark of a walk across this small island with megamagnetism." --Booklist, starred review "Fans should expect to chuckle, snort, snigger, grunt, laugh out loud and shake with recognition...a clotted cream and homemade jam scone of a treat." --Sunday Times "At its best as the history of a love affair, the very special relationship between Bryson and Britain. We remain lucky to have him." --Matthew Engel, Financial Times "Is it the funniest travel book I''ve read all year? Of course it is." --Daily Telegraph "We have a tradition in this country of literary teddy bears--John Betjeman and Alan Bennett among them--whose cutting critiques of the absurdities and hypocrisies of the British people are carried out with such wit and good humour that they become national treasures. Bill Bryson is American but is now firmly established in the British teddy bear pantheon... The fact that this wonderful writer can unerringly catalogue all our faults and is still happy to put up with us should make every British reader''s chest swell with pride." --Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express "The truly great thing about Bryson is that he really cares and is insanely curious.

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