I'm a Bill Bryson fan and have read or listened to many of his book. I've enjoyed them all except for this one. It's a collection of columns he wrote for a British newspaper, a former employer, after his return to the U.S. Time and again he plays his topics for easy laughs, and there are times when his tales stretch credulity — e.g., his visit to a barbershop and the debate that ensues among the barbers over which type of celebrity cut would most best flatter him. He is coasting like a standup comic on a slow night.
Maya Jasanoff's narrative on what might be thought of as America's first civil war — the Revolution — is an engaging and comprehensive account of Americans who remained loyal to Britain and their postwar efforts to reclaim their lives in Canada, the Caribbean, India, Africa, and other parts of the British Empire. The narrator, L.J. Ganzer, does an able job, but because the author is female I think the narrator should have been female too.
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