The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, is an excellent book for any person who experienced the 1950’s firsthand, or, anyone (like me) who is a fan of this amazingly witty and funny author.  Bryson takes us back to a simpler time, growing up in 1950’s Iowa and enjoying all that life has to offer.  My favorite recollections were when the family doctor told Bryson’s parents to just give him some aspirin for a gushing head wound, because he could not be torn from watching a golf tournament; and when we hear all about the atomic-toilets (you read right) at the Bryson Family’s favorite restaurant.  Bryson ‘s use of hyperbole hilariously conveys the sheer ridiculousness of the time, while still instilling in the reader a desire to go back to a time where there were no chain stores, when people didn’t worry about their kids playing alone until dark, and when a toilet seat could be cleaned by radiation when you flushed it. 


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4 Responses to The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

  1. charley says:

    I’ve been hearing/reading a lot about this book lately. I know very little about Bill Bryson, but I’ll have to keep this book in mind.

  2. sadiejean says:

    Definately! Bill Bryson seems to have a book for any interests a person might have. His book “A Walk in the Woods” is about hiking the Appalachian Trail; he has a book “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” about coming home to America after living in Britian for years, and of course the ever popular “A Short History of Nearly Everything” for the curious person wishing to learn a little about science. Give him a try!

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  4. Kevin says:

    Sounds like a good read, I’ll put it on my list.

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