The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America

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UK hardcover, first edition.

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America is a non-fiction travel memoir written by Bill Bryson and published in August 1989. It recounts his 13,978 mile road trip across the United States which was spurred by his fond memories of childhood travels across the country. Bryson tried to avoid typical tourist destinations, and, instead focused on the towns themselves, staying at motels, eating at local restaurants, and shopping at local stores.


I was drawn to read this book because I've enjoyed every previous Bill Bryson book I've read. I finished it on 2019-01-19.


I do not own the book, but I have listened to the audio book read by William Roberts.


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  • The book was an enjoyable read.
  • Bryson has a lot of whit and humor, and there are several laugh out loud moments.


  • This is Bryson's second travelog, and it's mostly jokes with a lot less information than his later books. I would prefer more information.
  • Bryson frequently uses hyperbole for humor. Sometimes it lands, sometimes it doesn't, but it happens too often.
  • Bryson is a bit too anti-feminine in this book for my tastes. He's never misogynistic, but it doesn't seem like he considered what women would think when reading this book.


  • Nothing.




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