Book Reviews,  FOUR STARS ****,  Humor,  Memoir/Biography,  NON FICTION

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson **** (of 4)

Bryson recounts his Iowa childhood of the 1950s writing scenes so effectively that I could see every lincoln log (he peed on), smell the pages of each comic book he read (11 times), knew personally every one of his childhood friends (the fat one, the sneaky one, the moron, the best friend), and recalled the stickiness of a Rambler’s vinyl seats. In fact, he so perfectly recaptures childhood that his stories take on a universality that extends to readers who did not grow up in the 1950s. July 2007.