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24th annual Vive le Livre featuring Bill Bryson: Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the South Hall Von Braun Center. Tickets available for purchase at
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One of the best things about NextReads is the ability to feature books from the library's catalog. We thought you might enjoy knowing a little more about this year's Vive le Livre speaker, Bill Bryson, and his delightfully funny look on life. Bryson's non-fiction takes a quirky look at the things we often don't notice about everyday life. If you're unfamiliar with his books, and want to learn more about him before he speaks at Vive le Livre on November 11th, here are some of his books available now at the library:
A short history of nearly everything - Bill Bryson
Publisher: Broadway Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/2005
ISBN-13: 9780767923224
ISBN-10: 0767923227
The author of A Walk in the Woods traces the Big Bang through the rise of civilization, documenting his work with a host of the world's most advanced scientists and mathematicians to explain why things are the way they are. 125,000 first printing.
A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail - Bill Bryson
Publisher: Anchor Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/26/2006
ISBN-13: 9780307279460
ISBN-10: 0307279464
A wry account by the author of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid traces an adventurous and arduous trek past the Appalachian Trail's natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts. Reprint.
The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir - Bill Bryson
Publisher: Broadway Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/17/2006
ISBN-13: 9780767919364
ISBN-10: 076791936X
The best-selling author of A Walk in the Woods and I'm a Stranger Here Myself describes his all-American childhood growing up as a member of the baby boom generation in the heart of Iowa, detailing his rich fantasy life as a superhero known as the Thunderbolt Kid and his his remarkably normal 1950s family life. 250,000 first printing.
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