The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (Paperback)

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One of Bryson’s first travel books and still one of his best.  In Lost Continent, Bryson travels through the small towns of middle America. With the outsiders eye and keen wit, Bryson will make you laugh out loud at our country. At the  same time will make you want to get in the car and head out on your own adventure.  Written in 1987, this was a timely book to revisit because it brought a renewed appreciation for those places in the U.S. that feel alien in this day and age.

— From Tracy


“The kind of book Steinbeck might have written if he’d traveled with David Letterman.” —New York magazine

An inspiring and hilarious account of one man’s rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town. 

Following an urge to rediscover his youth, Bill Bryson left his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that would take 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. From Times Square to the Mississippi River to Williamsburg, Virginia, Bryson's keen and hilarious search for the perfect American small town is a journey straight into the heart and soul of America.

About the Author

Bill Bryson's bestselling books include One Summer, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue. He lives in England with his wife.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060920081
ISBN-10: 0060920084
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 15th, 2001
Pages: 384
Language: English