QUICKLET ON BILL BRYSON'S THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID - A MEMOIR (CLIFFNOTES-LIKE SUMMARY)
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ABOUT THE BOOK ?Growing up was easy. It required no thought or effort on my part. It was going to happen anyway. So what follows isn't terribly eventful, I'm afraid. And yet it was by a very large margin the most fearful, thrilling, interesting, instructive, eye-popping, lustful, eager, troubled, untroubled, confused, serene, and unnerving time of my life.? So begins ?The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid,? which was published in 2006. It was a departure from Bill Bryson's earlier books. His previous work, ?A Short History of Nearly Everything,? a book about science written for the average Joe, had taken a lot out of him and he wanted to work on something easier. Bryson told the Guardian: ?I promised my wife I would do a book I could stay at home to do ... and I promised my publisher that I would do something more amusing that would corral back the core of my readership, some of whom doubtless were slightly appalled and alienated by A Short History. And also, purely in a selfish way, I wanted to do a book that I wouldn't have to do a lot of hard thinking and research about. I did miss writing humorous things.? MEET THE AUTHOR Becki Chiasson is a Baltimore-based writer who received her BS in Mass Communications from Towson University. Although she spent some time in New York as a crossword puzzle editor, she returned to her hometown in Maryland in 2010 to focus on writing. Her favorite topics include video games and women's issues. When she's not busy writing up a storm, she crochets, plays video games, and bakes. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK ?The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid? centers on Bryson's life as a young child in Des Moines, Iowa during the 1950s and follows Bryson through puberty. The plot is less of a structured narrative and more of a series of loosely related, humorous anecdotes about growing up during happier, simpler times.