My New Library Still Rubber Stamps the Due Dates On All of the Books

I think the thing that surprised me most about my local library was how many people were there. Then again, in a village of about 3,000 people, what else is there to do on a Saturday morning in the middle of January? This particular Saturday was "balmy"-- overcast and nearly 50 degrees. I would have [...]

By Jove! Bryson, you’ve done it again. | The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

I don't remember how I discovered the author, Bill Bryson, but I do remember reading Notes from a Small Island during summer break following my sophomore year of college. Like most college, summer "vacations", I spent my days working in a factory-- this particular one a plastic injection mold factory that made bumpers for (foreign-made) [...]

Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

At Least They Didn’t Die of Dysentery? | The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

I guess you could say I’m fascinated by the Oregon Trail. Like many youngsters growing up in America during the 1990s, I was in love with the Oregon Trail computer game. My knowledge of survival was poor, of course; In Independence, Missouri, often the main starting place for the Oregon Trail, I would always spend [...]

Book Report: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson Released: May 1999 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Add to Goodreads ★★★★☆ Synopsis: The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America: majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you're going to [...]

Book Report: Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

Shakespeare: the World as Stage by Bill Bryson Released: November 2007 Publisher: Harper Collins Add to Goodreads ★★★★☆ Synopsis: At first glance, Bill Bryson seems an odd choice to write this addition to the Eminent Lives series. The author of 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' isn't, after all, a Shakespeare scholar, a [...]