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Title I m a Stranger Here Myself
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Broadway Books
Release Date 2008-05-13
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780767931182
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A classic from the New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body. After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens—as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item. Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

Title Notes from a Big Country
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Random House of Canada
Release Date 2002
Category United States
Total Pages 368
ISBN 0385658591
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A delightful collection of comic pieces from Bryson’s column in The Mail on Sunday’s Night and Day magazine.

Title Notes from a Small Island
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2015-06-02
Category Travel
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780062417435
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.

Title Notes from a Big Country
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1999
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN OCLC:656077460
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Complete Notes by Bill Bryson

Title The Complete Notes
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Doubleday UK
Release Date 2000
Category Bryson, Bill, 1951
Total Pages 538
ISBN IND:30000102989898
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move Mrs Bryson, little Jimmy et al. back to the States for a while. But before leaving his much-loved Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around old Blighty, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had for so long been his home. The resulting book, Notes from a Small Island, is a eulogy to the country that produced Marmite, George Formby, by-elections, milky tea, place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells, Gardeners' Question Time and people who say, 'Mustn't grumble.' Britain will never seem the same again. Once ensconced back home in New Hampshire, Bryson couldn't resist the invitation to write a weekly dispatch for the Mail on Sunday's Night & Day magazine. Notes from a Big Country is a collection of eighteen months' worth of his popular columns about that strangest of phenomena - the American way of life. Whether discussing the dazzling efficiency of the garbage disposal unit, the exoticism of having your groceries bagged for you, or the mind-numbing frequency of commercial breaks on American TV, Bill Bryson brings his inimitable brand of bemused wi

Made In America by Bill Bryson

Title Made in America
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher CCV Digital
Release Date 2010-03-02
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1409095711
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Big Country by Quinton Peeples

Title The Big Country
Author Quinton Peeples
Publisher Humanoids, Inc.
Release Date 2019-11-26
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 122
ISBN 9781643377421
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A gritty Western standoff between a cop and a murderer.

Title The Road to Little Dribbling
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Doubleday Canada
Release Date 2015-10-13
Category Travel
Total Pages 512
ISBN 9780385685726
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bill Bryson returns to his internationally beloved topic, Britain, with his first travel book in fifteen years. In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, Notes from a Small Island, became one of the most loved books of recent decades. Now, in this hotly anticipated new travel book, his first in fifteen years and sure to be greeted as the funniest book of the decade, Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today--while doing that incredibly rare thing of making us laugh out loud in public.

Title A Short History of Nearly Everything
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Anchor Canada
Release Date 2012-05-15
Category Science
Total Pages 624
ISBN 9780385674508
Language English, Spanish, and French
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One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining. From the Hardcover edition.

Title Quicklet on Bill Bryson s Notes from a Big Country
Author Peg Robinson
Publisher Hyperink Inc
Release Date 2012-04-04
Category Study Aids
Total Pages 42
ISBN 9781614640783
Language English, Spanish, and French
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ABOUT THE BOOK The first time I read a Bill Bryson book, I was not expecting much at all. For many years my family shared a rustic cottage on a lake with all the other members of my mother's family. Entertainment on nice days usually involved swimming, swimming, more swimming, and the occasional nap. On gray days, we read. Over the years four generations of the family left behind a muddled collection of books. When I read through the books I had brought with me, I'd grab whatever my relations had left behind. That's how I first encountered Bill Bryson. I found a well-worn, tattered copy of A Walk in the Woods, left behind by a relative. I picked it up with uncertainty, not sure I was completely interested in a stranger's account of a summer spent hiking the Appalachian Trail. As for a stranger who told that story while trying to be funny? I suspended my disbelief. But, Bryson really was funny. So funny that when I returned home I promptly ordered a copy and made my husband read it. After finishing it, he went out and got still more Bryson books. They were funny, too. That's the first thing that should be said about Bryson, and about Notes from a Big Land: It's a funny book written by a man who has a mastery of funny. MEET THE AUTHOR Peg Robinson holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has partially completed an MA/PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds a certificate in copy editing from Media Bistro. Her publishing career started in 1998, on winning a place in Simon and Schuster's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds competition. Her novelette "Tonino and the Incubus" qualified for the 2007 Nebula Awards. She has worked as a content provider, copy writer, informational writer, copy editor, and developmental editor. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Notes from a Big Country is the British version of a book published in the United States under the title I'm a Stranger Here, Myself. Both books are compiled of essays written for the British publication, Mail on Sunday's Night and Day, edited by Simon Kelner, a friend and associate of Bryson's. There are extensive differences between the two books. Notes from a Big Country contains a full 78 essays; I'm a Stranger Here, Myself contains only 70. Editorial adjustments were made to take the language and assumptions of each nation into account. An extensive comparison of the two volumes can be found from the Department of Translation Studies, at the University of Tanjere. The linguistic analysis may not interest everyone, but it provides a fairly extensive overview of the changes made in adapting the book for two distinct audiences. There is no question to an American reader that Notes from a Big Country was written for an English audience. While Bryson is on record as considering his identity in England that of an outsider it's impossible to read the essay chapters without realising how deeply Bryson has adapted to English culture. It's equally impossible to miss how profoundly he felt the culture-shock on returning to the United States. Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Notes from a Big Country Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Big Country + Introduction + Biographical Information + Overview: Notes from a Big Country + Material and Tone + ...and much more

Stuart Adamson by Allan Glen

Title Stuart Adamson
Author Allan Glen
Publisher Polygon
Release Date 2011-02-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 225
ISBN 184697142X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the book that fans of the Skids, Big Country and the Raphaels have been waiting for – a critical perspective not only of Adamson’s music and its wider cultural influence, but also the excesses of fame and how the music business really works. Stuart Adamson: In a Big Country tells the story of how a teenager who was raised in a small Fife village released his first single at 19, wrote three Top 40 albums in the next three years and was written off as a has-been at 23, but then went on to form a new band and sell more than 10 million records worldwide, touring with the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. Although Stuart Adamson was one of the most respected and popular figures in the music industry, his personal life was complex – depression, alcoholism and estrangement – and ultimately tragic, ending with his suicide in a Hawaiian hotel in December 2001.

Title Beating the Odds in a Big Country
Author Robert Lehane
Publisher CSIRO PUBLISHING
Release Date 1996-01-01
Category Science
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780643102439
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The implementation of the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign has been one of the most significant animal health achievements in the history of Australia and worldwide. The unprecedented technical and operational complexity of the campaign presented an enormous challenge to cattle producers, veterinarians, research scientists, field staff and administrators over the 25 years of the project. Beating the Odds in a Big Country captures the dynamism of the campaign and records the very real contribution in cash and kind made by the many producers whose herds were subject to eradication programs.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Title A Thousand Splendid Suns
Author Khaled Hosseini
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2008-09-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 419
ISBN 9780747585893
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A riveting and powerful story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love

Title Jerome Moross s The Big Country
Author Mariana Whitmer
Publisher Scarecrow Press
Release Date 2012-06-25
Category Music
Total Pages 212
ISBN 9780810885011
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Produced in 1958, The Big Country featured an all-star cast that included Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, and Oscar-winner Burl Ives. One of the most enduring elements of the film has been Jerome Moross’s score. In Jerome Moross’s The Big Country: A Film Score Guide, Mariana Whitmer examines Moross’s landmark work, a score that continues to attract listeners and influence composers of film, Westerns and otherwise. This book begins with a biographical survey of Moross’s formative years, providing an historical context for understanding his approach to scoring The Big Country. Drawing upon Moross’s original manuscripts and correspondence, Whitmer looks carefully at the score itself and examines the music’s individual cues. Finally, the aftermath of this score is considered, including how it has influenced not only subsequent Westerns but also music videos.

The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

Title The Lost Continent
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Anchor Canada
Release Date 2012-09-25
Category Travel
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780385674560
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"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 smiling village where the movies from his youth were set. Instead he drove through a series of horrific burgs, which he renamed Smellville, Fartville, Coleslaw, Coma, and Doldrum. At best his search led him to Anywhere, USA, a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by obese and slow-witted hicks with a partiality for synthetic fibres. He discovered a continent that was doubly lost: lost to itself because he found it blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a foreigner in his own country.

Big Country Words by Stuart Adamson

Title Big Country Words
Author Stuart Adamson
Publisher Virgin Books Limited
Release Date 1992
Category Rock music
Total Pages 47
ISBN 0863598366
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Title Factfulness
Author Hans Rosling
Publisher Flatiron Books
Release Date 2018-04-03
Category Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781250123817
Language English, Spanish, and French
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates “Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” —Melinda Gates "Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. --- “This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance...Previously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn’t enough. But I hope this book will be.” Hans Rosling, February 2017.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Title The Kite Runner
Author Khaled Hosseini
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2011-09-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781408824856
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Over 21 million copies sold worldwide

Title Little Things in a Big Country
Author Hannah Hinchman
Publisher W. W. Norton
Release Date 2006-07-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 176
ISBN 039332866X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An illustrated tribute to a year spent by the author and her dog in Montana recounts her visits to the site of a sandhill crane's nest, an ice-covered river, and duck migration stops, in a naturalist's guide complemented by hand-lettered notes, detailed s

The Size Of Nations by Alberto Alesina

Title The Size of Nations
Author Alberto Alesina
Publisher MIT Press
Release Date 2005-01-14
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0262261405
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The authors of this timely and provocative book use the tools of economic analysis to examine the formation and change of political borders. They argue that while these issues have always been at the core of historical analysis, international economists have tended to regard the size of a country as "exogenous," or no more subject to explanation than the location of a mountain range or the course of a river. Alesina and Spolaore consider a country's borders to be subject to the same analysis as any other man-made institution. In The Size of Nations, they argue that the optimal size of a country is determined by a cost-benefit trade-off between the benefits of size and the costs of heterogeneity. In a large country, per capita costs may be low, but the heterogeneous preferences of a large population make it hard to deliver services and formulate policy. Smaller countries may find it easier to respond to citizen preferences in a democratic way. Alesina and Spolaore substantiate their analysis with simple analytical models that show how the patterns of globalization, international conflict, and democratization of the last two hundred years can explain patterns of state formation. Their aim is not only "normative" but also "positive"—that is, not only to compute the optimal size of a state in theory but also to explain the phenomenon of country size in reality. They argue that the complexity of real world conditions does not preclude a systematic analysis, and that such an analysis, synthesizing economics, political science, and history, can help us understand real world events.