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The Lost Continent

Bryson, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0060161582 / ISBN 13: 9780060161583
Published by Harper & Row, New York, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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A Very Good copy in a Near Fine dust jacket. Tanning at the outer edges of the text block, sound binding, clean within. Signed by the author at the title page, and by dust jacket artist Wendell Minor. Bookseller Inventory # 033710

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Title: The Lost Continent

Publisher: Harper & Row, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Wendell Minor, Dust Jacket

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First U.S. Edition

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When a native of Iowa returns from England to wander across America's heartland in search of the perfect small town, the result is a string of hilarious anecdotes and biting social commentary

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A travelogue by Bill Bryson is as close to a sure thing as funny books get. The Lost Continent is no exception. Following an urge to rediscover his youth (he should know better), the author leaves his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that takes him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook.

With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colorful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it. Gentler elements aside, The Lost Continent is an amusing book. Here's Bryson on the women of his native state: "I will say this, however--and it's a strange, strange thing--the teenaged daughters of these fat women are always utterly delectable ... I don't know what it is that happens to them, but it must be awful to marry one of those nubile cuties knowing that there is a time bomb ticking away in her that will at some unknown date make her bloat out into something huge and grotesque, presumably all of a sudden and without much notice, like a self-inflating raft from which the pin has been yanked."

Yes, Bill, but be honest: what do you really think?

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