The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Author Bill Bryson
ISBN-10 0739482939
ISBN-13 9780767919371
Year 2007-09-25
Pages 270
Language English
Publisher Broadway Books
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From one of the world s mostbeloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of One Summer a vivid nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950sBill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century1951in the middle of the United StatesDes Moines Iowain the middle of the largest generation in American historythe baby boomers As one of the best and funniest writers alive he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all American childhood for 24 carat memoir gold Like millions of his generational peers Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero In his case he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers and morons in his headas The Thunderbolt Kid Using this persona as a springboard Bill Bryson re creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normalitya life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy It was he reminds us a happy time when automobiles and televisions and appliances not to mention nuclear weapons grew larger and more numerous with each passing year and DDT cigarettes and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family including affectionate portraits of his father a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises and OF his mother whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home The many readers of Bill Brysons earlier classic A Walk in the Woods will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers who apply their scientific skills and can do attitude to gleefully destructive ends Warm and laugh out loud funny and full of his inimitable pitch perfect observations The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written It will enchant anyone who has ever been young

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