Thursday, August 20, 2009

My New Favorite Author

You know when you buy a book, and after reading the first few pages, you can tell what sort of ride your going to be in for? If there is anyone out there that wants to be curled up in ball with streams of tears coming down your face from uncontrollable laughter, this is the book for you.
Maybe it's because there are so many things I can identify with, that make it all the more funny to me, but Bill Bryson has a way with words.
He has a hugely popular book called "A Walk in the Woods" with a picture of a bear on the cover, and I had a prejudice towards buying it for some reason. I always like to support the under dogs, the obscure writers who need help with their sales, that maybe have just written their first novel. Almost like refusing to buy music in High School, if I heard it on the radio way too many times, and knew there were other bands that deserved their time in the spotlight. I thought I would scream if I heard REO Speedwagon sing "I can't fight this feeling anymore" one more time, and therefore band them altogether.
This is different. I realize I now have been punishing myself by not allowing myself to buy a Bill Bryson book before, and know, without a doubt, just like when I discovered Peter Mayle, that I will in fact read every single book he has wrote or has yet to write. Yeah, he's that good!
Again, Dan-the-Man was passed out sleeping, thunderstorms, lightening and all, as I laid in bed in absolute hysterics reading and laughing so hard, I couldn't get my windshield wipers to work fast enough to get to the next sentence. After the first two chapters, I had to put it down, for the sake of my husband being able to get a good night's sleep. Just needed to share with you all, because nothing in the world beats a great book....nothing! Except for that lucky duck in South Carolina that won the Powerball last night.


the wild raspberry said...

thanks for the heads up nancy...
with fall coming, it's good to snuggle up with a great book.
i'll keep this author in my mind~

ps i just love your playlist!

Stacey said...

You've convinced me! I will see if I can Reserve this book at the library!

Martha said...

Husband Jim has liked Bryson for years and years. Glad you found him.

Pam @ This Humble House said...

Hi Nancy!
Thanks for the book idea! I love funny books the best!

~ Pam

BECKY said...

Ok...I never read books like this, but you almost have me convinced that I need to get my hands on this one!! I'll let you know if I do!!

I finally finished my tag! Come on by and check it out!!


Marianna said...

I'll have to check him out! Have you read any Philip Gulley??

Kristina said...

Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try it out. I do LOVE a good story!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I DO love this blog! Yep!
I follow a blog called "The Cottage by The Cranelake" and this man is in Sweden. It's a wonderful blog and I seldom ever miss a post.
Have you ever read it? He doesn't set the world on fire but it's like a long visit to Sweden and getting to know the area through a local.
I do love a good book and usually have at least two going at a time. I also read good ones over and over. I suppose I should get rid of my books, but I never do. They are like old friends!

This isn't important either.. :) but my Great Grandmother was from Denmark. My Irish Grandfather brought her over.

I MUST buy this book you recommend. I have a feeling I will love it.