Genre: Arts, History & Current Affairs
Published: 1 August 1994
Publisher: Black Swan

Made in America

by Bill Bryson


In MADE IN AMERICA, Bill takes a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. He de-mythologizes his native land – explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn’t won, why Americans say ‘lootenant’ and ‘Toosday’, how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up – as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

"A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualities" - Will Self, Independent on Sunday
"Immensely entertaining... a sharp eye for odd facts and amusing anecdotes" - Michael Sheldon, Daily Telegraph
"The book is a triumph. Bryson carries it off by his joie de vivre, his unadorned prose and the sheer width of his snooping beneath the skin of the American dream" - Literary Review
"Funny, wise, learned and compulsive" - GQ