The Lost Continent
Travels in Small Town AmericaBook - 1999
âe~I come from Des Moines. Somebody had toâe(tm)
And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldnâe(tm)t hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in England, he returned to the land of his youth, and drove almost 14,000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam, the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his youth were set. Instead, his search led him to Anywhere, USA; a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by lookalike people with a penchant for synthetic fibres. He discovered a continent that was doubly lost; lost to itself because blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a stranger in his own land.
Brysonâe(tm)s acclaimed first success, The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature âe" hilariously, stomach-achingly, funny, yet tinged with heartache âe" and the book that first staked Bill Brysonâe(tm)s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.