There is only one thing you need to know about this book – it was written by Bill Bryson. If you have never read his books consider yourself very privileged – you get to read all of them for the first time. Bryson is one of the most gifted writers today. His books are uniformly entertaining and informative at the same time. Never has learning something been so much fun. I prefer to read his books in private because I get tired of all the strange looks I get when I’m laughing out loud while reading his off beat stories and irrelevant comments.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is about growing up during the 1950s and 60s in Des Moines, Iowa. This was a magical time in the history of the U.S. (even, the world) and Des Moines represents the nearly ideal image of American life at that time. Combine that with the misguided adventures of a young boy and you get a very entertaining story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially if you feel you need something to make you laugh.
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