Although this book was published in 2013, I’m just getting around to it. I had read The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid back at Christmas, then sent it on to my little brother who WAS the little boy growing up in the 1950’s. He was kind enough to send me Bryson’s Road to Little Dribblings which was then on the best seller list to reciprocate. I enjoyed both so much, I checked One Summer out of our Alvin library.
The book is the story of America during the summer of 1927, the year of Lucky Lindy’s trans-Atlantic flight. It was also the beginning of Babe Ruth’s home run record which ended on the following September 30, 1927. There are simply a plethora of interesting facts about that eventful summer, and Bryson includes them all.
Told in typical Bill Bryson’s style–humorous, detailed, and always readable–the book includes the “summer’s personalities” and exciting events. In places the writing and the events are “weird,” but isn’t that what we have come to expect from Bryson? One reviewer labelled the book, “narrative fiction of the highest order,” which it is, but above all, it is a darned good read.