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Bryson, Bill

Overview
Works: 725 works in 4,126 publications in 15 languages and 95,644 library holdings
Genres: History  Travel writing  Popular works  Biographies  Humor  Autobiographies  Anecdotes  Dictionaries  Drama  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator, wpr, win, Actor, Musician, Speaker
Classifications: Q162, 500
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A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson( Book )

158 editions published between 2003 and 2020 in 12 languages and held by 6,963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge
At home : a short history of private life by Bill Bryson( Book )

81 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 4,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in changes in private life
One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson( Book )

39 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 3,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy
The mother tongue : English & how it got that way by Bill Bryson( Book )

61 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 3,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a journey through the intricacies, puzzles, and quirks of the English language, tracing the history of English from its earliest origins to the present day
The body : a guide for occupants by Bill Bryson( Book )

35 editions published between 2019 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 2,766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As compulsively readable as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you, in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, 'we pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.' The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information."--
Shakespeare : the world as stage by Bill Bryson( Book )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 2,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his own research. He celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's--the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and an unrivaled gift for storytelling.--From publisher description
Made in America : an informal history of the English language in the United States by Bill Bryson( Book )

43 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 2,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A linguistic history, told through anecdote and humor, of American speech and English word usage in the United States
Bryson's dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson( Book )

63 editions published between 1984 and 2020 in 5 languages and held by 2,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revised and updated edition of a humorous primer to the English language, expanded for an American audience, contains entries on correct and questionable usage, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide
A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson( Recording )

81 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 1,929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author wrote this book so that everyone could understand and appreciate ... the wonder and accomplishments of science at a level that isn't too technical or demanding, but isn't entirely superficial either.-Introd
Seeing further : the story of science, discovery, and the genius of the Royal Society by Bill Bryson( Book )

36 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in English and held by 1,754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As editor of "Seeing Further," Bryson has rounded up an extraordinary roster of scientists who write and writers who know science in order to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Society, Britain's scientific national academy. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Steve Jones, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Richard Holmes, and Neal Stephenson, among many others, on subjects ranging from metaphysics to nuclear physics, from the threatened endtimes of flu and climate change to our evolving ideas about the nature of time itself, from the hidden mathematics that rule the universe to the cosmological principle that guides "Star Trek."
A really short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson( Book )

56 editions published between 2003 and 2021 in 5 languages and held by 1,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short, illustrated segments explore the history of science. Examines the "how" and the the "who" of scientific discovery. Explores the mysteries of time and space, and how, against all odds, life came to be on the wonderous planet we call home
Bryson's dictionary for writers and editors by Bill Bryson( Book )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... A personal collection, built up over thirty years as a writer and editor in two countries" and "intended as a quick, concise guide to the problems of English spelling and usage." First published in the 1980s, Bryson's compilation has been updated and re-released, and includes definitions, guides to punctuation and grammar, and helpful conversion tables (Celsius to Fahrenheit; kilometers to miles). In short, it's equal parts The Elements of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, Webster's New World Dictionary, and general desktop encyclopedia.--From publisher description
At home : [a short history of private life] by Bill Bryson( Recording )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surprised by how little he knew of the things that made his home life so comfortable, author Bill Bryson decided study each room in his house and discover how they came to be. Here, with trademark humor and wit, Bryson chronicles the history of domesticity
One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson( Recording )

30 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927
The body : a guide for occupants by Bill Bryson( Recording )

22 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bill Bryson... guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular."--Container
Mother tongue : the English language by Bill Bryson( Book )

63 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Packed with fascinating facts on the English language, Mother Tongue is an entertaining and didactic investigation of the influence and distribution of the language worldwide and its origins as a second-rate tongue spoken by peasants
Shakespeare : the world as stage by Bill Bryson( Recording )

31 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scant facts about the Bard's personal life make for fertile ground in imagining the Shakespeare of Elizabethan England. Bill Bryson manages to weave together a witty, albeit brief, narrative that explores topics from the accuracy of the few extant pictures to whether Shakespeare actually wrote all that has been attributed to him
The Facts on File dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to the proper meaning and usage of troublesome words in the English language
World's best travel experiences : 400 extraordinary places( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features some of the world's most transformative locales, from Norway's western fjords and Cambodia's Angkor Wat to Kyoto's Moss Garden and the urban surprises of Denver, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver
Shakespeare : the world as a stage by Bill Bryson( Book )

33 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself." "Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's--the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time."--Jacket
 
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A short history of nearly everything
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At home : a short history of private lifeThe mother tongue : English & how it got that wayShakespeare : the world as stageMade in America : an informal history of the English language in the United StatesBryson's dictionary of troublesome wordsA short history of nearly everythingSeeing further : the story of science, discovery, and the genius of the Royal SocietyA really short history of nearly everything
Alternative Names
Beu La I Seun, Bil 1951-

Bier Bulaisen.

Bier Bulaisen 1951-

Bil Brajson

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson American author

Bill Bryson americký spisovatel

Bill Bryson Amerikaans journalist

Bill Bryson amerikai író

Bill Bryson amerikansk forfatter

Bill Bryson giornalista e scrittore statunitense

Bill Bryson Pisarz amerykańsko - brytyjski

Bill Bryson údar Meiriceánach

Bill Bryson US-amerikanischer Journalist und Schriftsteller

Bill Bryson usona aŭtoro

Braisonas Bilas

Braisons, Bils 1951-

Brajson, Bill 1951-

Brison, Bil 1951-

Bryson B. 1951-

Bryson, Bill

Bryson, Bill 1951-

Bryson, W. М 1951-

Bryson, William

Bryson William 1951-....

Bryson, William McGuire.

Bryson, William McGuire 1951-

Brysonas Billas

Bulaisen, Bier.

Bulaisen, Bier 1951-

Gulielmus Bryson

MacGuire Bryson, William 1951-

McGuire Bryson, William

McGuire Bryson, William 1951-

Pŭrayisŭn, Pil 1951-

William "Bill" Bryson

Бил Брайсън

Бил Брајсон

Билл Брайсон

Брайсон, Б 1951-

Брайсон Билл

Брайсон, У. М 1951-

Білл Брайсон американський письменник

ביל ברייסון

ברייסון, ביל. גינצבורג־הירש, עדי

بل برياسون

بل برياسون مؤلف أمريكي

بيل برايسون، 1951-

بیل بروسون

ബിൽ ബ്രൈസൺ

브라이슨, 빌

브라이슨, 빌 1951-

빌 브라이슨

ビル・ブライソン

ブライソン, ビル

比爾·布萊森

比尔 布莱森 1951-

比爾·布萊森 美国作家

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Spanish (26)

German (17)

Korean (16)

Chinese (14)

Italian (10)

Polish (9)

Dutch (9)

Hebrew (3)

French (2)

Russian (2)

Persian (2)

Serbian (1)

Ukrainian (1)

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