From one of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling writer of One Summer time, a vivid, nostalgic, and completely hilarious memoir of rising up in the Nineteen Fifties
Invoice Bryson was born in the center of the American century—1951—in the center of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the center of the largest era in American historical past—the child boomers. As one of the greatest and funniest writers alive, he’s completely positioned to mine his reminiscences of a completely all-American childhood for twenty-four-carat memoir gold. Like hundreds of thousands of his generational friends, Invoice Bryson grew up with a wealthy fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran round his home and neighborhood with an previous soccer jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single sure and vanquishing terrible evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as "The Thunderbolt Child."
Utilizing this persona as a springboard, Invoice Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native metropolis in the Nineteen Fifties in all its transcendent normality—a life directly utterly acquainted to us all and as distant and unreachable as one other galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a cheerful time, when cars and televisions and home equipment (to not point out nuclear weapons) grew bigger and extra quite a few with every passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing have been thought-about innocent and even good for you. He brings us into the life of his loving however eccentric family, together with affectionate portraits of his father, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and devoted practitioner of isometric workouts, and OF his mom, whose job as the house furnishing editor for the similar paper left her little time for training the home arts at residence. The many readers of Invoice Bryson’s earlier basic, A Stroll in the Woods, will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz, seen hijacking actually boxcar masses of beer. He’s joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically intelligent Willoughby brothers, who apply their scientific expertise and can-do angle to gleefully damaging ends.
Heat and snigger-out-loud humorous, and full of his inimitable, pitch-good observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Child is as wondrous a book as Invoice Bryson has ever written. It’ll enchant anybody who has ever been younger.