Bill Bryson turns away from the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language
and popular culture.
In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land – explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn’t won, why Americans say “lootenant’ and ‘Toosday’, how they were eating junk food long
before the word itself was cooked up – as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question and
Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.
“The book is a triumph. Bryson carries it off by his joie de vivre, his unadorned prose and the sheer width of his snooping beneath the skin of the American dream’ –Literary Review
A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualities’ -Will Self, Independent on Sunday
‘Immensely entertaining… a sharp eye for odd facts and amusing anecdotes’ -Michael Shelden, Daily Telegraph