'I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to' And, as soon as Bill Bryson was
old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn'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.
Bryson's acclaimed first success, The Lost Continent is a classic of travel
literature - hilariously, stomach-achingly, funny, yet tinged with
heartache - and the book that first staked Bill Bryson's claim as the most
beloved writer of his generation.

Bill Bryson—Lost Continent - Travels in Small-Town America

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