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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

A Memoir
Bryson, Bill (Book Club Kit - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

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Authors: Bryson, Bill
Title: The life and times of the thunderbolt kid
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 10 books, 1 reading guide - in a plastic tote
Notes: Kit contains 10 copies of the title
Kit checks out for 6 weeks and cannot be renewed
Replacement for kit is $170.00
Awards & Distinctions: WCLS Books in a Box
Branch Call Number: B BRYSON B
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Bryson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-270)
Subject Headings: Bryson, Bill Travel writers United States Biography
Topical Term: Travel writers
WCLS Book Club Kit
Reading group books
LCCN: 2006043859
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Apr 28, 2014
  • BobKao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For all Brysonites, this is a must read!

May 28, 2012
  • bescales rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For anyone interested in a good memoir that captures life in the 50 and 60s, this is the book to read. Having grown up in the 70's, I could relate to a lot of the nostalgia and belly laughed at the similarities. Bill Bryson is a witty and talented author.

Nov 13, 2011
  • markd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very good book - everyone born in the 50s should be able to relate to it - especially if you were born in the US of A. There were many laughs. Bill Bryson has a nice engaging style.

Sep 20, 2011
  • reedstevens rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Dreadful, vulgar, smugly middlebrow. When I grew up in the 50's we did not joke about pissing in the jam jars or snigger at the neighbor man who jerked off watching Julie Newman on TV.

I used to like, admire even, Bill Bryson. Not any more.

Jul 10, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable walk down memory lane for me, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson tells of his early years in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1950’s. Such a strange time, so many things to worry about - Communists, Atomic War, giant mutated bugs - and yet, as a whole such a happy time. The war was over, and North America got down to the business of making money, raising a family and driving cars.

In his usual humorous way, he walks us through his memories of childhood, giving us a few facts and figures along the way. His descriptions jogged my memory and overall, I enjoyed this book very much. A little repetitive at times, and I don’t know if people who didn’t live through the fifties would be able to relate to how simple and naïve we actually were.

This is my second Bill Bryson book, and I am eager to continue exploring this author’s writings. He is a master at entertaining and enlightening his readers. For me The Life and Time of the Thunderbolt Kid was a wonderful trip back to the fifties and a way of life that has disappeared.

I wasn't born nowhere near where near the 1950's but this book was laugh out loud funny,i couldn't help but enjoy reading it? I will ever forget the "toity" jars....If you're looking for a good laugh,read this memoir!

Jan 25, 2011
  • smc01 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bill Bryson's stories about growing up in the 1950s are thoroughly delightful. He has a knack for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinarily funny or special. It was refreshing to read about someone's normal, happy childhood.

Jan 10, 2011
  • Mobama68 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a very fun read! Laughed out loud often.

Nov 01, 2010
  • TSherman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Bill Bryson. He has a unique way of looking at life and writing about it.

Sep 24, 2010
  • muffie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Read this for book club while other read different Bill Bryson novels, very interesting and many good laughs

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Feb 11, 2009
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