Neither Here nor There by Bill Bryson
Travels in Europe

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Meanwhile, lines like "let's be frank, the Italians' technological contribution to humankind stopped with the pizza oven" are also no help. Smart-alecky and obvious, with the wit of Bryson's first two books curdled into waspishness.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In the early seventies, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe—in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. He was accompanied by an unforgettable sidekick named Stephen Katz (who will be gloriously familiar to readers of Bryson's A Walk in the Woods). Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey. The result is the affectionate and riotously funny Neither Here Nor There.

 

About Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 8, 1951. In 1973, Bryson went backpacking in England, where he eventually decided to settle. He wrote for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent, as well as supplementing his income by writing travel articles. Bryson moved back to the States in 1995. His first travel book, The Lost Continent, chronicles a trip in his mother's Chevy around small town America. Since then, he has written several more about the U. K. and the U. S., including bestsellers, A Walk in the Woods, I'm A Stranger Here Myself, and In a Sunburned Country. His other books include Bill Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson's African Diary, A Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Walk About, and Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, athe Genius of the Royal Society, and At Home: A Short History of Private Life.
 
Published June 2, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 258 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on May 20 2010

Meanwhile, lines like "let's be frank, the Italians' technological contribution to humankind stopped with the pizza oven" are also no help. Smart-alecky and obvious, with the wit of Bryson's first two books curdled into waspishness.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on May 06 2016

He enlivens the narrative with keen, sometimes acerbic observations of national quirks like the timed light switches in French hallways, but tends to strive too hard for comic effects, some in dubious taste.

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Persephone Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Feb 14 2013

Overall, this is an incredibly fun read. If you’re looking for a light-hearted travel memoir to start off the year (it’s not too late, right?), I would definitely recommend Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There.

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Persephone Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Feb 14 2013

Overall, this is an incredibly fun read. If you’re looking for a light-hearted travel memoir to start off the year (it’s not too late, right?), I would definitely recommend Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There.

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Below average
Reviewed by Amanda B. on Jul 06 2012

The book was not terrible, so perhaps you may have a different view of it. I’m willing to give Bill Bryson another try (but I’ll probably read some other books first).

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