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The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385539289
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Published: Doubleday Books - January 19th, 2016

Bill Bryson, Iowa native and master of the comedic travel narrative, is back with another hilarious account of his adventures in his beloved Britain. He revisits several places he initially wrote about in his now classic Notes From a Small Island while following a path through the country on a route he dubbed the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath. Bryson is an expert at interweaving his own life and opinions with fascinating and sometimes bizarre historical facts. Whether he is warning the reader about the dangers of being attacked by a cow in an English field, or telling apathetic shopkeepers to go f**k themselves, he never ceases to inform and entertain. A must read for Anglophiles and lovers of travel writing alike. -Sarah R's March Staff Pick, 2016


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Only Love Can Break Your Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616203825
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Algonquin Books - January 5th, 2016

Set in a small town in Virginia against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the Reagan Era, Only Love Can Break Your Heart is the coming of age story of Rocky, a kid who adored his older brother Paul, before and long after Paul abandoned him in the woods one night when Rocky was seven. Tarkington's debut novel reels the reader in slowly before Rocky and his family are confronted with a double murder and everything goes full on, deliciously Southern Gothic. The book blurb intimates that Tarkington is working in the spirit of Willie Morris and Tom Franklin, two of my favorites, and I would have to agree. -Sarah R's February Staff Pick, 2016