Summary of Bill Bryson's One Summer

Publisher : Everest Media LLC
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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.

Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem

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ISBN : 9783877630365
Pages : 669 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (63 users)

Download or read book Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem written by Bill Bryson and published by . This book was released on 2007 with total page 669 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

One Summer

Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1448169542
Pages : 672 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (448 users)

Download or read book One Summer written by Bill Bryson and published by Random House. This book was released on 2013-09-26 with total page 672 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of over-the-hill baseball player Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a tale of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that make him Britain’s favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, he brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world.

Summary of Bill Bryson's Neither here not There

Publisher : Everest Media LLC
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ISBN : 166935850X
Pages : 41 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (669 users)

Download or read book Summary of Bill Bryson's Neither here not There written by Everest Media, and published by Everest Media LLC. This book was released on 2022-03-23T22:59:00Z with total page 41 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I wanted to see the Northern Lights, and I had long harbored a half-formed desire to live what life was like in a remote and forbidding place. But now as I picked my way through the grey, late-December slush of Oslo, I was beginning to have my doubts. #2 In 1972, I went to Europe for the first time. I flew from New York to Luxembourg, with a refuelling stop en route at Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik. The aeroplanes were old and slow. It took a week and a half to reach Keflavik, and another week and a half to bounce on through the skies to Luxembourg. #3 On the plane, I was seated next to a religious zealot who spent most of the flight reading holy scripture and whispering the words just loud enough for me to hear them. I feared the worst. #4 I had flown a lot in America, and had never seen anything from an aeroplane window but endless golden fields on farms the size of Belgium. When I landed in Luxembourg, I was amazed by the city’s compactness and European atmosphere.

Summary of Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent

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ISBN : 1669355667
Pages : 42 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (669 users)

Download or read book Summary of Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent written by Everest Media, and published by Everest Media LLC. This book was released on 2022-03-20T22:59:00Z with total page 42 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #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.

Summary of Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent

Publisher : Milkyway Media
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Pages : 57 pages
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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.

New Perspectives on Detective Fiction

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317435249
Pages : 250 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

Download or read book New Perspectives on Detective Fiction written by Casey Cothran and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-10-14 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection establishes new perspectives on the idea of mystery, as it is enacted and encoded in the genre of detective fiction. Essays reclaim detective fiction as an object of critical inquiry, examining the ways it shapes issues of social destabilization, moral ambiguity, reader complicity, intertextuality, and metafiction. Breaking new ground by moving beyond the critical preoccupation with classification of historical types and generic determinants, contributors examine the effect of mystery on literary forms and on readers, who experience the provocative, complex process of coming to grips with the unknown and the unknowable. This volume opens up discussion on publically acclaimed, modern works of mystery and on classic pieces, addressing a variety of forms including novels, plays, graphic novels, television series, films, and ipad games. Re-examining the interpretive potential of a genre that seems easily defined yet has endless permutations, the book closely analyzes the cultural function of mystery, the way it intervenes in social and political problems, as well as the literary properties that give the genre its particular shape. The volume treats various texts as meaningful subjects for critical analysis and sheds new light on the interpretive potential for a genre that creates as much ambiguity as it does clarity. Scholars of mystery and detective fiction, crime fiction, genre studies, and cultural studies will find this volume invaluable.

Reinventing an Urban Vernacular

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1134822669
Pages : 250 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (134 users)

Download or read book Reinventing an Urban Vernacular written by Terry Moor and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-03-16 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With increasing population and its associated demand on our limited resources, we need to rethink our current strategies for construction of multifamily buildings in urban areas. Reinventing an Urban Vernacular addresses these new demands for smaller and more efficient housing units adapted to local climate. In order to find solutions and to promote better urban communities with an overall environmentally responsible lifestyle, this book examines a wide variety of vernacular building precedents, as they relate to the unique characteristics and demands of six distinctly different regions of the United States. Terry Moor addresses the unique landscape, climate, physical, and social development by analyzing vernacular precedents, and proposing new suggestions for modern needs and expectations. Written for students and architects, planners, and urban designers, Reinventing an Urban Vernacular marries the urban vernacular with ongoing sustainability efforts to produce a unique solution to the housing needs of the changing urban environment.

History+ for Edexcel A Level: Democracies in change: Britain and the USA in the twentieth century

Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 1471837696
Pages : 520 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (471 users)

Download or read book History+ for Edexcel A Level: Democracies in change: Britain and the USA in the twentieth century written by Nick Shepley and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2015-09-25 with total page 520 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Exam Board: Edexcel Level: AS/A-level Subject: History First Teaching: September 2015 First Exam: June 2016 Endorsed for Edexcel Enable your students to develop high-level skills in their Edexcel A level History breadth and depth studies through expert narrative and extended reading, including bespoke essays from leading academics - Build a strong understanding of the period studied with authoritative, well-researched content written in an accessible and engaging style - Ensure continual improvement in students' essay writing, interpretation and source analysis skills, using practice questions and trusted guidance on successfully answering exam-style questions - Encourage students to undertake rolling revision and self-assessment by referring to end-of-chapter summaries and diagrams across the years - Help students monitor their progress and consolidate their knowledge through note-making activities and peer-support tasks - Provide students with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate works of real history, with specially commissioned historians' essays and extracts from academic works on the historical interpretations

Catherine Littlefield

Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
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ISBN : 0190654546
Pages : 392 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (19 users)

Download or read book Catherine Littlefield written by Sharon Skeel and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2020 with total page 392 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Born in Philadelphia in 1905, Catherine Littlefield first learns dancing from her mother, Caroline (called Mommie), an expert pianist, and from a local dancing master, C. Ellwood Carpenter. As a teenager, Catherine becomes a Ziegfeld dancer and takes lessons from Luigi Albertieri in New York. She returns home in 1925 to help Mommie teach at the Littlefield School (among her students is Zelda Fitzgerald) and stage dances for women's musical clubs and opera companies. William Goldman hires Catherine to produce routines in commercial theaters throughout Philadelphia and becomes her boyfriend. Catherine, Mommie, and Catherine's sister, Dorothie, travel to Paris so the sisters can study ballet with Lubov Egorova. They become friendly with George Balanchine in Paris and help him establish his first American school and company when he comes to the U.S. in 1933. Catherine marries wealthy Philadelphia attorney Philip Leidy and established her Philadelphia Ballet Company in 1935. She choreographs-and her company presents--the first full-length, full-scale Sleeping Beauty in the U.S. as well as popular ballet Americana works such as Barn Dance and Terminal. Her company's European tour in 1937 is the first ever by an American classical ballet troupe. Catherine loses some of her protegeés to the newly formed Ballet Theatre and disbands her company after the U.S. enters World War II; she then choreographs Broadway musicals, Sonja Henie's Hollywood Ice Revues, and Jimmy Durante's NBC television show before dying in 1951 at age forty six"--

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 0297870904
Pages : 352 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (297 users)

Download or read book Stranger Than We Can Imagine written by John Higgs and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2015-08-27 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'An illuminating work of massive insight' Alan Moore 'A sensational book. Heartily recommended' Rufus Hound It is the century about which we know too much, yet understand too little. With disorientating ideas such as relativity, cubism, the id, existentialism, chaos mathematics and postmodernism to contend with, the twentieth century, John Higgs argues, cannot fit easily into a traditional historical narrative. Time, then, for a new perspective. Higgs takes us on a refreshingly eclectic journey through the knotty history of the strangest of centuries. In the company of radical artists, scientists, geniuses and eccentrics, he shows us how the elegant, clockwork universe of the Victorians became increasingly woozy and uncertain; and how in the twentieth century we discovered that our world is not just stranger than we imagine, but 'stranger than we can imagine'.

Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Notes from a Big Country

Publisher : Hyperink Inc
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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

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition)

Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
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ISBN : 0393338975
Pages : 720 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (393 users)

Download or read book The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition) written by Peter E. Meltzer and published by W. W. Norton & Company. This book was released on 2015-08-03 with total page 720 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With over twenty percent more material, a must for any lover of distinctive words. This entertaining and informative reference features sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses’ mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word—whether it’s protrepic, apostrophize, iracund, or emulous—in context by using examples from a broad range of contemporary books, periodicals, and newspapers. His new introduction makes the case for why we should widen our vocabulary and use the one right word. This groundbreaking thesaurus remains a unique venture, one that enriches your writing while helping you find the perfect word.

Bill Bryson

Publisher : Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
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ISBN : 1608703975
Pages : 128 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (68 users)

Download or read book Bill Bryson written by Scott P. Richert and published by Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC. This book was released on 2011-01-15 with total page 128 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A biography of writer Bill Bryson that describes his era, major works, and life.

Manager of Giants

Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN : 1476629889
Pages : 247 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (476 users)

Download or read book Manager of Giants written by Lou Hernández and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-10-25 with total page 247 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:  For decades prior to the rise of Babe Ruth, the most recognized name in baseball was John McGraw. An outstanding player in the 1890s, McGraw—nicknamed “Mugsy”—was molded in the rough and tumble pre–20th century game where sportsmanship and fair play took a back seat to competition. Later, he became the successful manager of the New York Giants, dominating the National League in New York City for more than 30 years. McGraw led the Giants with authoritarian swagger—earning another moniker, “Little Napoleon”—from 1902 through 1932, before illness forced his retirement. In his 31 seasons in New York, his teams won three world championships and 10 pennants and rarely finished out of the first division. He was a trailblazer in the use of bullpen and position player substitutions, and pushed hit-and-run strategies over the then prevalent dictums of sacrifice bunting. An unconventional leader, McGraw missed considerable bench time during his reign on account of injury, illness and fiery temperament.

Pandora's Lab

Publisher : National Geographic Books
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ISBN : 1426217994
Pages : 288 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (426 users)

Download or read book Pandora's Lab written by Paul A. Offit MD and published by National Geographic Books. This book was released on 2017-04-04 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating—and significant—missteps: from opium's heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the U.S.; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria. These are today's sins of science—as deplorable as mistaken past ideas about advocating racial purity or using lobotomies as a cure for mental illness. These unwitting errors add up to seven lessons both cautionary and profound, narrated by renowned author and speaker Paul A. Offit. Offit uses these lessons to investigate how we can separate good science from bad, using some of today's most controversial creations—e-cigarettes, GMOs, drug treatments for ADHD—as case studies. For every "Aha!" moment that should have been an "Oh no," this book is an engrossing account of how science has been misused disastrously—and how we can learn to use its power for good.

Notes from a Small Island

Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1784161195
Pages : 378 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (784 users)

Download or read book Notes from a Small Island written by Bill Bryson and published by Random House. This book was released on 2015 with total page 378 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite; a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy; place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells; people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and 'Ooh lovely' at the sight of a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits; and Gardeners' Question Time. Notes from a Small Island was a huge number-one bestseller when it was first published, and has become the nation's most loved book about Britain, going on to sell over two million copies.