The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America

by Bill Bryson | Travel |
ISBN: 0060920084 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tireddebb of Mystic, Connecticut USA on 4/20/2006
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16 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by tireddebb from Mystic, Connecticut USA on Thursday, April 20, 2006
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Journal Entry 2 by tireddebb from Mystic, Connecticut USA on Sunday, January 21, 2007
Found myself laughing out loud multiple times. A wonderfully funny travelogue with a very sharp edge.

Released 12 yrs ago (1/21/2007 UTC) at fellow bookcrossing member in by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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A RABCK for luvtink81.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by luvtink81 from Wichita, Kansas USA on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Received this in the mail today as a suprise RABCK!! Thank you sooo much :)

Journal Entry 5 by wingJackie700wing from Garnerville, New York USA on Monday, November 23, 2009
Coming home from work to find a package....it doesn't get much better than that! I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thanks, luvtink81.

Journal Entry 6 by wingJackie700wing from Garnerville, New York USA on Thursday, December 31, 2009
Bill Bryson is sharp and witty, and he has a wonderful way with words. The book is funny, revealing, and at times bittersweet. However, occasionally he makes observations and comments that I can only describe as mean-spirited. Seriously, can all people in the West, specifically Wyoming, be rude just because one waitress irritated him? "And there you have the difference between the Midwest and the West. People in in the Midwest are nice. But here in Sundance the milk of human kindness was exceeded in tininess only by the size of the Shriners' brains." (p. 284) And I'm not from the West, I've lived my whole life in NY!

Journal Entry 7 by wingJackie700wing from Garnerville, New York USA on Monday, January 11, 2010
RABCK for grubsneerg; happy reading!

Journal Entry 8 by grubsneerg from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This arrived in my mailbox today. Thank you, Jackie700: I'm looking forward to reading it soon!

Journal Entry 9 by grubsneerg at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, June 12, 2010
Published in 1989, this book details Bill Bryson's tour of the United States of America and his quest to find that perfect small town he remembers from his childhood. Starting from his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, he first explores the east, returns home, takes a few months off, and then explores the west. He has a strong dislike of Ronald Reagan, pesky tourists, and overweight Americans, and he uses his sharp wit to mark where he has been, much like one of his childhood heroes, Zorro, used his sharp sword to leave his legendary "Z" behind. Some parts of the book were uncomfortably funny because he revealed a little too much of the truth about small towns, but on the whole, even with Bryson's unflagging pessimism, it was an enjoyable cross-country trip.

Journal Entry 10 by grubsneerg at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, July 17, 2010
It's time to get this book moving again! Many thanks for joining my third-ever BookRay! Please abide by the following rules:

— Make a journal entry when you receive the book.
— PM the next participant, even if you have their address, to confirm where the book should be sent next.
— Read the book within a month if possible - if delayed make sure to let us know!
— When you've read the book, make a journal entry telling us what you thought.
— Make a controlled release when sending the book on, using YOUR country, state, and city as the release location.
— The last person on the list is free to continue the ray or wild release or whatever they please.
— Enjoy!!!

Mailing order:
1. imawinn2 (US, ship US/Canada) <-- Done!
2. mathgirl40 (Canada, ship Int'l) <-- Done!
3. Icila (France, ship Int'l) <-- Done!
4. Esme-Weatherwax (UK, ship EU) <--Asked to be skipped
5. seayork2002 (UK, ship Int'l) <-- Done!
6. TiffanyAching (UK, ship Int'l) <-- Done!
7. LaPitchoune (Finland, ship Int'l) <-- Done!
8. sedna5213 (Germany, ship Int'l) <-- Done!
9. goldenwattle (Australia, ship Australia) <-- Done!

Bookray is complete! Thank you all for participating and for making it a success!

Journal Entry 11 by grubsneerg at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, July 19, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (7/19/2010 UTC) at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA

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And it's off! Safe travels!

Journal Entry 12 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, July 22, 2010
How perfect! It's my birthday and I found this lovely package in my mailbox. I love nice surprises. On top of that, it got here in time for me to read it on our family vacation. I shall have lots of time to relax and read. If this is as good as the last two books I read by Bryson, I should be able to get through it rather quickly and with a few chuckles.

Journal Entry 13 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Monday, August 16, 2010
I didn't get but a couple of pages into the book and I started laughing out loud. I have found that I like Bill Bryson's travelogues/stories. At times, he seems a bit of a curmudgeon but that just adds to the humor. He puts on pages, some of the things we only dare to think in moments of frustration, irritation and amused observations. When my family heard me laugh as I read this book, I felt I had to read them some of the humorous excerpts. Now they want to read Bryson's book. Guess I'll be heading to the library to see if they have a copy there for them.

Thanks so much for sharing this grubsneerg. I placed a postcard from Wisconsin in the book, for all those not from the Midwestern part of the United States. It is a nice picture of a red barn in a field. Iowa and Wisconsin aren't too different from each other and I thought it would be nice to send of visual.

Journal Entry 14 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Monday, August 16, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (8/16/2010 UTC) at Neenah, Wisconsin USA

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Sending this off to mathgirl40. Happy Journey! Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 15 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 26, 2010
Received this in the mail today. Thanks, imawinn2! Love the postcard and will pass it on.

Journal Entry 16 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 09, 2010
Hilariously funny! I've always loved Bill Bryson's observations on life. I also enjoyed reading the postcard from imawinn2 and will send the book along to Icila shortly.

Journal Entry 17 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 09, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (9/9/2010 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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Book sent to Icila in France. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 18 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, October 25, 2010
Received this morning. The envelope was open but the book was fortunately still inside with the card.
Thanks a lot.

Journal Entry 19 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, November 18, 2010
I preferred Notes from a Small Island which I read just before this one. It's perhaps a cultural thing since England is closer to France but I enjoy Bryson's humour.

A non humourous quotation that makes me muse too :
"I mused for a few moments on the question of which was worse, to leaf a life so boring thet you are easily enchanted or a life so full of stimulus that you are easily bored".

PMing seayork2002


Journal Entry 20 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, November 22, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (11/22/2010 UTC) at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France

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In care of the post office.

Journal Entry 21 by seayork2002 at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 20, 2011
As usual his books are a jolly good read and although I read this book years ago it was refreshing reading it again. he he a dry sense of humour which I have been told matches my own.

Sent to LaPitchoune who is next on the list.

Thanks to the previous person for sending it

Journal Entry 22 by TiffanyAching at Burntisland, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
arrived today, many thanks

I have a couple of books a head of this but aim to have this off to the next person by the end of Feb

Released 8 yrs ago (4/6/2011 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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off to LaPitchoune

Journal Entry 24 by LaPitchoune at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The book arrived safely. Thank you! The cover is a real trompe-l'oeil with the fake coffee stain. It wasn't me! :)

I took a peek already but will start reading properly asap.

Journal Entry 25 by LaPitchoune at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, July 10, 2011
First of all, my deepest apologies for having stalled the book for two months!
I got married and took this book with me on the honeymoon trip - alas, not to the United States! Instead, Bryson has been my travel companion in the following Spanish cities: Barcelona, Valencia, Tarragona and Sitges. I also read it on the plane to/from Frankfurt, Germany. A real travelling book now, isn't it? :) I am really thankful for having been given the opportunity to read this excellent book. Thank you all for having passed on this ring book!

Bill Bryson is one of my absolute favourites. His sense of humour is sufficiently dry, yet sharp enough to cause sudden bursts of laughter. He has a critical outlook on American places, but is willing to give credit to places of genuine interest. A lot of focus is given to American cultural icons, which unfortunately are unknown to most Finnish people of my age. That, in addition to Bryson's critical remarks on the ignorance of today's American youth, has left me pondering over the clichéd accusations according to which Americans are stupid, because they don't know European countries, let alone the rest of the world.

Ask yourself this: How many Europeans can tell a thing or two about any given American state? Bryson's book is an excellent cure for geographical ignorance. Yes, it's sometimes based on (broken and questioned) stereotypes, but at least it gives a general idea about the topography or the cultural ambience of certain American places you may or may not have heard about, mainly on TV.

From now on I will try not to forget that Nebraska is awful, Delaware is perfectly tasteless and odourless and that Des Moines is a place that makes people grow roots. I liked the two sections in the book: the east and the west. For any ignorant reader, this will give the broad viewpoint and sense of direction as to where Bill is headed.

An idea that just popped into my head: Why not read The Lost Continent with the help of Google Earth or some other satellite imagery? That would give you an up-to-date vision of the places described?

I have already contacted Sedna5213 for their coordinates, and the book will head in that direction as soon as I get an answer.

Wishing you all a nice summer!

LaPitchoune

Journal Entry 26 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Friday, July 15, 2011
The book arrived safely! Thanks a lot for the stickers LaPichoune! Looking forward to reading the book.

Quite an amusing book. Enjoyed reading it.

Journal Entry 27 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Thursday, August 04, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (8/3/2011 UTC) at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany

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The book is on its way to Australia.
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 28 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, August 12, 2011
The book arrived safely. Thank you sedna5213 for posting it, and for the postcard.

The almond tree in the photograph grows above my letterbox and it is just starting to come out in spring blossom.

3/9/2011
My Review: I have driven across the USA from coast to coast. I related to much that Bill Bryson wrote. The boring chain restaurant food, the obese customers in the restaurants. I remember one packed restaurant. The waitress and I were the only non obese people in it, and my goodness, the fatty food those people were putting away. Many towns look untidy and monotonous - petrol (gas) stations, fast food joints, motels, shabby houses and other buildings of monotonous similarity. There are nice looking towns, but from my experience they tended to be on the more northern coastal areas of the country. There are large areas of the USA with a neglected, shabby, abandoned feel, just as Bill Bryson described. But it was still interesting, part of the atmosphere of the country.
I will offer this book to some local BookCrossers I know to see if any are interested in reading it.

First off, I will pass it onto Kermit58. It will be returned to me and I will then look for another reader.

Journal Entry 29 by Kermit58 at Penrith, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, September 03, 2011
Thank you.

Journal Entry 30 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, December 31, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (12/31/2011 UTC) at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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Released at our New Year's Eve Bookcrossing get together by the lake, near the National Museum of Australia, Acton, ACT.
Happy New Year.

That's us in the photograph (minus me, taking the photograph).

This book is released:
In memory of Megi53’s mother
2011 Keep Them Moving Challenge

Journal Entry 31 by wingRosieCanberrawing at Acton, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, December 31, 2011
Picked this up at the New Year's Eve fireworks display outside the National Museum of Australia, during the Canberra bookcrossers meet-up. I love Bryson so looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 32 by wingRosieCanberrawing at Monash, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, February 06, 2012
I really enjoyed this book, I have travelled to the USA 4 times and have visited about 25-30 of the states. I just love Bryson's writing style, and his observations. Lots of laugh out loud moments, great read.

I will bring to the next meet up of the Canberra bookcrossers (which should be late Feb 2012) and find a new reader.

Journal Entry 33 by beli-jg at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, November 16, 2012
Did not enjoy this book - did not finish reading it. Too repeditive.

Journal Entry 34 by beli-jg at Uncanvention 2012 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, November 16, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (11/17/2012 UTC) at Uncanvention 2012 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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Released on the Release walk some time after 10.00am

Journal Entry 35 by Littlemave at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Sunday, January 13, 2013
I think this book was in my goodie bag at the Uncanvention, however it was that or either picked up from King O'Malley's pub after Friday night drinks.
I definitely did not pick it up during the release walk - that is for shedding books, not collecting!

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