Publisher :Marshall Cavendish Release Date :2011 ISBN :9780761441205 Pages :132 pages Rating Book:4.4/5 (441 users)
Download or read book Bill Bryson written by Scott P. Richert and published by Marshall Cavendish. This book was released on 2011 with total page 132 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "A biography of writer Bill Bryson that describes his era, major works, and life"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-04-04 ISBN :1614640785 Pages :42 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Notes from a Big Country written by Peg Robinson and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-04-04 with total page 42 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK The first time I read a Bill Bryson book, I was not expecting much at all. For many years my family shared a rustic cottage on a lake with all the other members of my mother's family. Entertainment on nice days usually involved swimming, swimming, more swimming, and the occasional nap. On gray days, we read. Over the years four generations of the family left behind a muddled collection of books. When I read through the books I had brought with me, I'd grab whatever my relations had left behind. That's how I first encountered Bill Bryson. I found a well-worn, tattered copy of A Walk in the Woods, left behind by a relative. I picked it up with uncertainty, not sure I was completely interested in a stranger's account of a summer spent hiking the Appalachian Trail. As for a stranger who told that story while trying to be funny? I suspended my disbelief. But, Bryson really was funny. So funny that when I returned home I promptly ordered a copy and made my husband read it. After finishing it, he went out and got still more Bryson books. They were funny, too. That's the first thing that should be said about Bryson, and about Notes from a Big Land: It's a funny book written by a man who has a mastery of funny. MEET THE AUTHOR Peg Robinson holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has partially completed an MA/PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds a certificate in copy editing from Media Bistro. Her publishing career started in 1998, on winning a place in Simon and Schuster's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds competition. Her novelette "Tonino and the Incubus" qualified for the 2007 Nebula Awards. She has worked as a content provider, copy writer, informational writer, copy editor, and developmental editor. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Notes from a Big Country is the British version of a book published in the United States under the title I'm a Stranger Here, Myself. Both books are compiled of essays written for the British publication, Mail on Sunday's Night and Day, edited by Simon Kelner, a friend and associate of Bryson's. There are extensive differences between the two books. Notes from a Big Country contains a full 78 essays; I'm a Stranger Here, Myself contains only 70. Editorial adjustments were made to take the language and assumptions of each nation into account. An extensive comparison of the two volumes can be found from the Department of Translation Studies, at the University of Tanjere. The linguistic analysis may not interest everyone, but it provides a fairly extensive overview of the changes made in adapting the book for two distinct audiences. There is no question to an American reader that Notes from a Big Country was written for an English audience. While Bryson is on record as considering his identity in England that of an outsider it's impossible to read the essay chapters without realising how deeply Bryson has adapted to English culture. It's equally impossible to miss how profoundly he felt the culture-shock on returning to the United States. Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Notes from a Big Country Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Big Country + Introduction + Biographical Information + Overview: Notes from a Big Country + Material and Tone + ...and much more
Publisher :Random House Release Date :2010-03-02 ISBN :1409095576 Pages :64 pages Rating Book:4.0/5 (49 users)
Download or read book Bill Bryson's African Diary written by Bill Bryson and published by Random House. This book was released on 2010-03-02 with total page 64 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Bill Bryson goes to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world. Kenya, generally regarded as the cradle of humankind, is a land of stunning landscapes, famous game reserves, and a vibrant culture, but it also has many serious problems, including refugees, AIDS, drought and grinding poverty. It also provides plenty to worry a nervous traveller like Bill Bryson: hair-raising rides in light aircraft, tropical diseases, snakes, insects and large predators. Bryson casts his inimitable eye on a continent new to him, and the resultant diary, though short in length, contains all his trademark laugh-out-loud wit, wry observation and curious insight. All the author’s royalties from this book, as well as all profits, will go to CARE International.
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-04-04 ISBN :161464070X Pages :38 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Shakespeare written by Britt Keller and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-04-04 with total page 38 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK Armed with colorful paintings, drawings, portraits, documents and photographs, Bryson creates a playful narration and careful examination of the elusive, ever-famous playwright in Shakespeare: The Illustrated And Updated Edition. Published in 2009, the book pays homage to William Shakespeares continued and remarkable relevance, especially as his history is rewritten once again. Bryson originally published in the Fall of 2007 as William Shakespeare: The World As Stage soon became obsolete as a result of a few exciting discoveries: revelation of a portrait, the unearthing of Londons earliest theater in Shoreditch, and rediscovery of missing copy of an original First Folio from the Durham University Library. As such, Bryson was prompted to create a new, updated edition. MEET THE AUTHOR With a wide variety of interests, Britt enjoys writing on any number of topics in order to share her understanding and perspective with others. She went to school for design, but has lately become more interested in reading, writing, and philosophy. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Richard Plantagenet Temple Nugent Brydges Chandos Grenvilles earlier life was rather uneventful. The second Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, he fathered an illegitimate child in Italy, spoke here and there in Houses of Parliament, and became interested in plumbing. After inheriting his money, titles, and estates in 1839, he managed to lose every last bit within nine years. Leaving his estate to the creditors, a grand auction was held, one item selling for 355 guineas that would come to be known as the Chandos Portraitsupposedly of Shakespeare. While the authenticity is dubious, according to curator Dr. Tanya Cooper, we know its from the correct period. The implications of his earring are bohemian, combined with a sign of prosperitythe black clothing. Being the only portrait that may have been done from life, well never know for sure after such passage of time with no documentation of provenance. However, we also have the copperplate engraving from his collected works from 1623, the First Folio. The artist, Martin Droeshout, created the portrait seven years after Shakespeares death. The third likeness is that of the statue where he is buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, executed by mason Gheerart Janssen, also in 1623. Between these three portraits we have an idea of how Shakespeare may have appeared, but that we dont really know what he looked like, which parallels our unclear understanding of his life as well. CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Shakespeare + About the Book: The Illustrated And Updated Edition + About Bill Bryson + Overall Summary + Chapter-by-Chapter Commentary & Summary + ...and much more
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-03-04 ISBN :1614648131 Pages :20 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away written by Davanna Cimino and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-03-04 with total page 20 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick! ABOUT THE BOOK Bill Brysons Im a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away is an hilarious, pointed, and sometimes poignant collection of the columns he wrote for the British magazine, Night & Day. Bryson wrote these pieces in the mid- to late-nineties after he had returned to the United States from Great Britain where he had been living for the previous twenty years. Since the publication in 2000 of Im a Stranger Here Myself, Bryson has become one of the best-selling authors of the English-speaking world, and according to his official UK page, he is the best-selling author of non-fiction in Great Britain. MEET THE AUTHOR Davanna Cimino is a professional writer. He holds a law degree and is also a copy editor. He writes screenplays and poetry. He has three sons, and a Brittany named Jubal. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK In Im a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away, Bill Bryson explores themes as various as the pleasures of living in a small town; Americans obsession with prescription and over-the-counter drugs and the sometimes bizarre television ads for these drugs; injuries inflicted by common household items (for example, bedding); the war on drugs; and the prison population. Bryson points out, in the chapter, Drug Culture, that It is an odd thing about us. We spend huge efforts exhorting ourselves to Say No to Drugs, then go to the drugstore and buy them by the armloads. Although he details the trivial (why is there a hotline number on dental floss containers? in On the Hotline), Bryson often makes social commentary, which, though trenchant, does not provoke ire; he delivers his observations with wit, and a sense of shared fallibility. Bryson tells of his quest for the lost nirvana of the America of his youth in the chapter, Room Service. He remembers, as a boy, stopping with his family on long road trips at small, cottagey, family-owned motels. In an effort to recapture that lost past, he cajoles his wife and kids into stopping at the Sleepy Hollow Motel during one of their road trips. The family desert him for the more modern, cleaner Comfort Inn across the street. Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Bill Bryson's I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away + Introduction + About Bill Bryson + Curmudgeonly Nostalgia + Dry of Wit, Velvet of Glove, and Pointed of Observation + ...and much more
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-02-24 ISBN :161464957X Pages :20 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - A Memoir (CliffNotes-like Summary) written by Becki Chiasson and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-24 with total page 20 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK “Growing up was easy. It required no thought or effort on my part. It was going to happen anyway. So what follows isn’t terribly eventful, I’m afraid. And yet it was by a very large margin the most fearful, thrilling, interesting, instructive, eye-popping, lustful, eager, troubled, untroubled, confused, serene, and unnerving time of my life.” So begins “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid,” which was published in 2006. It was a departure from Bill Bryson’s earlier books. His previous work, “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” a book about science written for the average Joe, had taken a lot out of him and he wanted to work on something easier. Bryson told the Guardian: “I promised my wife I would do a book I could stay at home to do ... and I promised my publisher that I would do something more amusing that would corral back the core of my readership, some of whom doubtless were slightly appalled and alienated by A Short History. And also, purely in a selfish way, I wanted to do a book that I wouldn't have to do a lot of hard thinking and research about. I did miss writing humorous things.” MEET THE AUTHOR Becki Chiasson is a Baltimore-based writer who received her BS in Mass Communications from Towson University. Although she spent some time in New York as a crossword puzzle editor, she returned to her hometown in Maryland in 2010 to focus on writing. Her favorite topics include video games and women's issues. When she's not busy writing up a storm, she crochets, plays video games, and bakes. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” centers on Bryson’s life as a young child in Des Moines, Iowa during the 1950s and follows Bryson through puberty. The plot is less of a structured narrative and more of a series of loosely related, humorous anecdotes about growing up during happier, simpler times. A central conceit to the book is the idea that Bryson was the Thunderbolt Kid, a superhero who could make his enemies (usually people Bryson deemed to be morons) disappear in a flash of light by casting a withering stare at them. This superpower is presented in all seriousness, although it is rather doubtful that it ever happened. The first time Bryson used his superpower, he was six years old. He was at a diner with his mother and discovered to his great chagrin that the ancient-looking man next to him had been drinking out of Bryson’s water glass. Worse still, the man had been eating poached eggs, which Bryson positively despised. Bryson freaked out, gagging, and the man only laughed, having no remorse at all. When he turned to leave, “as he reached out to open the door, bolts of electricity flew from my wildly dilated eyes and played over his body. He shimmered for an instant, contorted in a brief, silent rictus of agony, and was gone. It was the birth of ThunderVision. The world had just become a dangerous place for morons.” Buy a copy to keep reading!
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-02-24 ISBN :1614649561 Pages :27 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned Country (CliffNotes-like Summary) written by Ben Mitchell Lewis and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-24 with total page 27 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK “This is a country that loses a prime minister and that is so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world’s first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland almost four years would pass before anyone noticed. Clearly, this is a place worth getting to know.” In a Sunburned Country is Bill Bryson’s seventh book on travel. Published just five years after his much-celebrated travelogue of Great Britain, Notes from a Small Island, the book takes on a much bigger topic: Australia. The book was published just before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and some later editions have an appendix chronicling Bryson’s time spent as a spectator. Yet, the focus of the book is on Bryson’s several trips to the massive island over the course of a year. Bryson finds himself hopping back and forth between various points in Australia, his home in New England, and a few other international locales. He never strays for long though, and much of the book is spent in the car and at dozens of hotels, pubs, and attractions along Australia’s 23,000 mile coastline. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Next we meet Alan Howe, an old friend from London. Along with his wife, Carmel, Howe takes Bryson on several adventures to natural wonders, many of which are quite near his vacation home in the hills. After journeying with Howe for a few days, Bryson again strikes out on his own and heads north towards Brisbane. In the midst of his travels, he digresses into a chapter about Australia’s native people—the Aborigines. The history is unbelievable. The Aborigines are an incredibly ancient tribe who still astound scientists today. After a short time walking the beaches of the Gold Coast and extolling the history of the area, Bryson departs, returns home for a time, then returns for the final leg of his trip. In part three, “Around the Edges,” Bryson careens towards the wilder parts of the country. He is accompanied by Allan Sherwin, a friend from London. The most exciting leg of his journey begins as he travels to Great Barrier Reef and braves the sharks and waves native to the area. Buy a copy to keep reading!
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-02-29 ISBN :161464120X Pages :18 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States written by Megan Yarnall and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-29 with total page 18 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK Made in America is Bill Bryson’s account of America’s history through linguistic development - and linguistic development through history. His account of America’s birth and growth demonstrates the timeline of Americanisms, American phrases, and the melting pot that made American English distinctive among dialects. Bryson also explores regional dialects and how they came to exist via immigration and dispersion across the country. Published in 1998 by Black Swan, Made in America incidentally showcases the path of American culture as it catalogues history and language. History, language, and culture are all wrapped into one because they are so tightly connected to each other, and Bryson can’t avoid giving an account of all three as he gives an account of language. Made in America begins with the Mayflower voyage and travels all the way to present day modern America, accounting for the totality of America’s timeline. Every chapter consists of a historical account of America during a specific time period, and then moves into the familiar language of that day, from where the phrases came, and how they survive in modern day English after evolving from their roots. MEET THE AUTHOR Megan Yarnall is a publicist and writer from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She studied English, creative writing, and Italian at Dickinson College, and wrote her thesis on the connections between humans, their bodies, and language. She graduated in 2010 after spending four years organizing all of her college’s concerts. Megan has lived abroad in Italy and loves studying foreign language, linguistics, and writing. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK The invention of the airplane and then commercial flying gave rise to the word stewardess and then jet lag as well as jumbo jet. The 1950s saw the start of technological innovation, and it seemed that invention was the driving force behind linguistic development and the introduction of new terms than were immigration, cultural differences or America’s melting pot. Language reflects culture and history because culture and history are its roots. At one time, America’s culture was based on immigration and the integration of a variety of cultures on one land, and that fueled linguistic development. When America as a country transitioned into modern times and became more based on a single American identity and technology, the new identity and tech space began to fuel our language with developments such as laptop, hacker, and software. Additionally, as we become more accepting as a culture, our language becomes more accepting and relaxed as we cringe less at racial slurs - or at least openly discuss them - and our movements (such as the feminist movement) start to bleed through our communication. For example, the word femstruate instead of menstruate hasn’t stuck around, and similarly other neologisms, because they’ve been used only by extremists and not in popular culture. Regardless, language changes and fluctuates with our trends, and can be a trusty source of what is going on - even dating back to the Mayflower... Buy a copy to keep reading!
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-02-24 ISBN :1614641218 Pages :26 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way written by Devon Smith and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-24 with total page 26 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK In Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, Bill Bryson guides us through the complicated history of the English language to figure out why it is the way it is. It’s an interesting journey, part thesis and part pop science, that explains the most significant events in the development of the English language with lots of useful tidbits along the way. English started gaining dominance as a global language during the 20th century with the rise of American supremacy. Mother Tongue was published in 1991, in the midst of the fall of Communism when America became the undisputed victor of the Cold War and, some would say, of the world. Since that time, English has surpassed all other languages as the global lingua franca, not only in the business and commerce sector, but in science, technology, diplomacy, and tourism as well. MEET THE AUTHOR Devon Smith was a software developer, university instructor, belly dancer, and researcher before turning to professional writing. She currently lives in Turkey. Someday she will put something interesting on this website: devonwashere.blogspot.com EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Bryson then talks about the rapid evolution of English through the times of Chaucer, during which the language was greatly simplified, and Shakespeare, who was perhaps the single most innovative wordsmith in the history of the language. One particular maddening discussion is the one about English spelling and orthography, or writing (“Spelling”). One of the major ideas here is that when English adopts words from foreign languages (which it does frequently), it often preserves the original spelling, which may or may not obey the spelling rules of native English words. Buy a copy to keep reading!
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-02-29 ISBN :1614648980 Pages :17 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Notes From a Small Island (CliffNotes-like Summary) written by Vivian Wagner and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-29 with total page 17 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island is a quirky, funny book filled with amazing and intriguing details about Britain. I love this book, just as I love all of Bryson’s writing. It reminds me of the first book I read by him – A Walk in the Woods – because it, too, is a travel story that has him ambling around the countryside and reporting his observations. In fact, he has such a likable voice and an engaging manner that he could walk around the block and still make it fun to read. That’s the wonderful thing about Bryson, and it’s why I love him. He has a wry sense of humor that makes anything interesting, funny, and endearing, and this book about Britain is no exception. You’ll read it and laugh, and at the same time you’ll learn a lot about this country, its history, its politics, and its people. You’ll also learn a lot about Bryson himself, and that’s enjoyable, as well. The thing about Bryson is that he sees everything through the lens of his own perspective, but that personal perspective never obscures the subject that he’s looking at. The more you learn about him, the more you understand his take on his subject matter. That is exactly what happens in Notes from a Small Island. MEET THE AUTHOR professional writer Vivian Wagner has wide-ranging interests, from technology and business to music and motorcycles. She writes features regularly for ECT News Network, and her work has also appeared in American Profile, Entrepreneur, Bluegrass Unlimited, and many other publications. She is also the author of Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel 2010). For more about her, visit her website at www.vivianwagner.net. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Notes from a Small Island was published in 1997 as a kind of love story about the country Bryson was getting ready to leave. It’s told as a travel narrative, and in order to write it as such, he travels around the country as a tourist, trying to see it with fresh eyes after having lived there for a number of years as a resident. The book opens with him arriving in England via Calais, just as he arrived years before, and it continues by following him on his journey through the country. As Publisher’s Weekly says in a review of the book, “his trenchant, witty and detailed observations of life in a variety of towns and villages will delight Anglophiles. Traveling only on public transportation and hiking whenever possible, Bryson wandered along the coast through Bournemouth and neighboring villages that reinforced his image of Britons as a people who rarely complain and are delighted by such small pleasures as a good tea. In Liverpool, the author's favorite English city, he visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum to experience its past as a great port. Interweaving descriptions of landscapes and everyday encounters with shopkeepers, pub customers and fellow travelers, Bryson shares what he loves best about the idiosyncrasies of everyday English life in this immensely entertaining travel memoir.” Buy a copy to keep reading!
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-02-16 ISBN :1484006348 Pages :15 pages Rating Book:4.8/5 (484 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail written by Tiffanie Wen and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-16 with total page 15 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK There was a time in my life when I wanted to be Bill Bryson, when I thought, If this is what a writer does, I want to be a writer. He has an uncanny knack for unearthing the hilarity in the most mundane and shoving it in your face, for meeting the most insufferable, strange, and fascinating people, for doling out the perfect amount of bitter sarcasm, and for otherwise educating readers in an incredibly entertaining way. He’s the guy you want at your dinner party, who you’d trust as your precious phone-a-friend. I was in college the first time I stumbled upon the writer. I wandered into a small bookshop one sunny afternoon to kill some time. A Walk in the Woods was propped up in the travel writing section with a staff recommendation card that had “one of my ALL TIME faves” scrawled on it in thick black Sharpie ink. I half-wondered how a book with what I considered to be an unimpressive cover could be an ALL TIME fave, so I flipped to a random page and started reading. It’s safe to say that within seconds I was smiling one of those broad, dopey smiles, and within minutes, giggling stupidly to myself. I’m pretty sure that I actually started to work up a sweat, as I stood there in the now deafeningly silent shop, reading in my overly warm university hoody, suppressing my would-be shrieks. I’ve learned since then that Bryson should be read in the privacy of one’s own home. Where one can feel free to snort, chuckle, guffaw, and otherwise revel in a cathartic case of the giggles. I used to read passages of Bryson out loud to a roommate of mine and can recall one particular scene from Notes From a Small Island that left us both short of breath for minutes. But it was with Bryson’s 1998 bestseller that I had my first affair, and which has become, albeit very unoriginally, one of my all time faves. MEET THE AUTHOR Tiffanie Wen is a professional writer from the San Francisco Bay Area who's written for Newsweek, Flux Hawaii, Ode Magazine and more. When she's not working, she enjoys exploring new places around the world and spending time with her dogs, Rocky and Benny. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK After living in the UK for over 20 years, famed travel writer Bill Bryson relocated his family to Hanover, New Hampshire and discovered that the Appalachian Trail ran through his small town. He decided to hike the 2,100-mile long trail and acquired the company of his old friend Stephen Katz. Without taking notes on the trail, Bryson still managed to write the wildly popular travel book, published in 1998, that held a seemingly permanent residence on New York Times Bestseller list. A Walk in the Woods is quintessential Bryson, hilarious at times and frightening at others, he takes the layman out into the woods, without ever asking him to ever leave his home. In 2008, Robert Redford confirmed rumors that there are plans to develop A Walk in the Woods into a feature film, starring Redford as Bryson. Today, the book is still one of the most popular pieces of work written about the Appalachian Trail. Buy a copy to keep reading!
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-02-24 ISBN :1614640610 Pages :26 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything (CliffNotes-like Summary) written by Nicole Cipri and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-24 with total page 26 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK In his introduction to A Short History of Nearly Everything, author Bill Bryson describes a childhood experience common to many of us: a brief infatuation with science, with all its potential and possibility. For Bryson, it was inspired by a textbook’s cut-away illustration of the interior strata of the Earth, with the molten core at the center. For myself, it was a children’s biography of Jacques Cousteau. Excited by the nearly endless prospects of science, the questions that could finally satisfy a child’s curiosity, we both reached for more books, and found our budding passions firmly squashed by an impenetrable wall of unfathomable writing. As Bryson writes in his introduction, “there seemed to be a mystifying universal conspiracy among textbook authors to make certain the material they dealt with never strayed too near the realm of the mildly interesting.” Bryson wrote A Short History of Nearly Everything as an antidote to the dry-as-dust science tomes that weigh down students’ backpacks. It is a layman’s love song to science, to its strange history and stranger characters. Published in 2003, it has been become a popular addition to the popular science genre. MEET THE AUTHOR Nicole Cipri is a restless wanderer and passionate writer. A graduate of the Evergreen State School in Olympia, WA, Nicole has since written about such varied topics as modern urban farming, the role of glitterbombing as political theater, and the economic impacts of natural disasters. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, @nicolecipri. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Drama abounded in the 19th century. After the discovery of the first dinosaur fossil in 1784, and with subsequent uncovering of massive bones that belonged to other extinct species, there was an uncomfortable public debate concerning extinctions. Why, after all, would an omniscient God create species of animals only to casually wipe them out? Throughout history, the sciences have routinely butted heads with the Church, a trend that continues today. From geology and paleontology, Bryson moves to chemistry. With its origins in the enigmatic studies of alchemy, chemistry evolved along its own strange path. Bryson tells one exemplifying story, in which an amateur alchemist became convinced the he could distill gold from human urine. “The similarity of color,” Bryson explains, “seems to have been a factor in his conclusion.” In an attempt to prove his hypothesis, the man collected fifty buckets of human urine, which he kept in his cellar. After a few months, the man noted, the substance in the buckets began to glow or explode into flames when exposed to air. He had failed in distilling gold from urine, but he had succeeded in creating phosphorous. Buy a copy to keep reading!
Publisher :Swift Books LLC Release Date :2020-12-29 ISBN : Pages : pages Rating Book:4./5 ( users)
Download or read book Summary of Bill Bryson's The Body written by Swift Reads and published by Swift Books LLC. This book was released on 2020-12-29 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Buy now to get the insights from Bill Bryson's The Body. Sample Insights: 1) The human body consists of fifty-nine different elements and seven billion billion billion atoms. These atoms join together to form cells, which then make up our organs. What is most remarkable is that not one organ or cell is in charge. They all communicate to create coordinated action. 2) Inside each cell is your DNA, which is like an instruction manual for making you. The paradox of genetics is that all humans share 99.9 percent of our DNA and yet we are all so different. A large portion of our DNA still remains a mystery.
Publisher :Everest Media LLC Release Date :2022-04-22T22:59:00Z ISBN :1669387062 Pages :38 pages Rating Book:4.6/5 (669 users)
Download or read book Summary of Bill Bryson's One Summer written by Everest Media, and published by Everest Media LLC. This book was released on 2022-04-22T22:59:00Z with total page 38 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 On 20 March 1927, a family in Queens Village, New York, was murdered. The New York Times reported on the case, which became known as the Sash Weight Murder Case. The two villains left a clue in the form of an Italian-language newspaper on a table downstairs. #2 The 1920s was a great time for reading in America. Each year, American publishers produced 110 million books, more than ten thousand separate titles. For those who felt daunted by such a welter of literary possibility, a new phenomenon called the book club had just debuted. #3 The 1920s was a golden age for newspapers. News circulation in the decade rose by about a fifth, to 36 million copies a day. #4 The success of Hearst’s newspaper, the Daily Mirror, and Macfadden’s magazine, the Evening Graphic, led to imitators. The Graphic was the creation of an eccentric bushy-haired businessman named Bernarr Macfadden, who was strongly devoted to body-building and the rights of commuters to a decent railroad service.
Publisher :Hyperink Inc Release Date :2012-05-08 ISBN :161464280X Pages :38 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (614 users)
Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society written by Nicole Silvester and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-05-08 with total page 38 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Royal Society was founded in 1660 from a basis of more informal meetings of physicians, natural philosophers, and other interested parties (there was no such thing as a "scientist" yet). It was influenced by Francis Bacon's thinking about science and knowledge and inspired by the many discoveries that were happening at the time. In a sense, the development of the Royal Society was a mirror of the development of science itself. 2010 was the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Society, and Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society was published to commemorate that fact. Rather than simply write a history of the institution, Bryson elected to edit a volume of essays displaying some of the variety of interests so evident in the Royal Society itself. He selected twenty one writers, and not just scientists, either. Though there are quite a few eminent scholars listed as authors, there are also novelists and journalists. What they all share, though, besides the ability to turn a phrase, is an enthusiasm for science and an appreciation for the achievements of the Society.
Publisher :Milkyway Media Release Date :2022-04-27 ISBN : Pages :57 pages Rating Book:4./5 ( users)
Download or read book Summary of Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent written by Milkyway Media and published by Milkyway Media. This book was released on 2022-04-27 with total page 57 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 Des Moines is a small town that is known to be hypnotic. It is the most powerful hypnotic known to man. People either accept it and settle down with a local girl named Bobbi, or they spend their adolescence moaning about how awful it is and how they can’t wait to get out. #2 I grew up in Des Moines, and I can tell you that the place gets a grip on you. People who have nothing to do with Des Moines drive in off the interstate, looking for gas or hamburgers, and stay forever. #3 I once had to drive to Minneapolis. I went on a back road just to see the country, but there was nothing to see. It’s just flat and hot, and full of corn and soybeans and hogs. Every once in a while you come across a farm or some dead little town where the liveliest thing is the flies. #4 I never felt at home in Iowa, even when I was a child. I wanted to be a European boy, and I wanted to live in an apartment across from a park in the heart of a city. I wanted to ride trams and understand strange languages.
Publisher :Everest Media LLC Release Date :2022-05-26T22:59:00Z ISBN : Pages :35 pages Rating Book:4.2/5 (822 users)
Download or read book Summary of Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue written by Everest Media, and published by Everest Media LLC. This book was released on 2022-05-26T22:59:00Z with total page 35 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The English language is full of traps for the unwary foreigner. Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman’s apparel is asking to be mangled. #2 The world is expropriating words and phrases at a rapid rate, and English has become the most global of languages. For non-English speakers, English has become the common tongue. #3 The English language has a rich vocabulary that allows speakers to distinguish between different shades of meaning. Other languages, however, have words that allow them to differentiate between things that leak into and things that leak out of something. #4 English has a reputation for being an extremely flexible language. It is able to extract maximum work from a word by making it do double duty as both a noun and a verb.