Thursday, January 13, 2011

So, These Two Guys Come to America...

Bill Bryson actually started in America (born in Iowa) and then spent some 20 years in England before returning to our shores. Beppe Severgnini is Italian, but he has spent time in England. He came to the U.S. for a one year period.

"I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away," by Bill Bryson Broadway Books 288 pages $8.79 paperback

"Ciao, America! An Italian Discovers the U.S." by Beppe Severgnini Broadway Books 242 pages $21.95

Bryson and his English wife and their four children moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, "for no other reason except it seems to be a nice place." Beppe Severgnini and his wife moved to Georgetown, near Washington, D.C.

Both writers expound on what is different from their exited country; what they like and dislike. Bryson gets more lenience here as being native born. Both gentlemen have written warmly and charmingly of their adventures and I see no reason to expound on their works here. They get paid for them, I won't.

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