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Title: The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America
Author: Bill Bryson
Published: August 28th 1990 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1989)
Length: 299 Pages
Goodreads Summary: ‘I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to’
And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn’t hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in England, he returned to the land of his youth, and drove almost 14,000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam, the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his youth were set. Instead, his search led him to Anywhere, USA; a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by lookalike people with a penchant for synthetic fibres. Travelling around thirty-eight of the lower states – united only in their mind-numbingly dreary uniformity – he discovered a continent that was doubly lost; lost to itself because blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a stranger in his own land.
The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature – hilariously, stomach-achingly funny, yet tinged with heartache – and the book that first staked Bill Bryson’s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.
How I Got It: I bought it used at my town’s annual Hospital Auxiliary Book Sale.
When I Got It: Earlier this spring I think? I don’t remember if it was this year or last year.
Why I Want To Read It: I loved Bill Bryson’s A Walk In The Woods and so I just had to get all of his other books. I haven’t read any others yet.