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Britain's best-loved comic genius, Stephen Fry, turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his chariot of Englishness, a black London cab.

Stephen Fry has always loved America. In fact, he came very close to being born here. His fascination for the country and its people sees him embarking on an epic journey across America, visiting each of its fifty states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, and beliefs creates such a remarkable nation. Stephen starts his journey on the East Coast and zigzags across America, stopping in every state from Maine to Hawaii, talking to each state's hospitable citizens, listening to music, visiting landmarks, viewing small-town life and America's breathtaking landscapes, following wherever his curiosity leads him.

En route he discovers the South Side of Chicago with blues legend Buddy Guy, catches up with Morgan Freeman in Mississippi, strides around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch, marches with Zulus in Mardi Gras in New Orleans, drums with the Sioux Nation in South Dakota, joins a Georgia family for Thanksgiving, "picks" with bluegrass hillbillies, and finds himself in a Tennessee garden full of dead bodies.

Whether in a club for failed gangsters in Brooklyn, New York (yes, those are real bullet holes), or celebrating Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts (is there anywhere better?), Stephen is welcomed by the people of America—mayors, sheriffs, newspaper editors, park rangers, teachers, and hoboes, bringing to life the oddities and splendors of each locale. A celebration of the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange, Stephen Fry in America is the author's homage to this extraordinary country.

Published: HarperCollins on Nov 3, 2009
ISBN: 9780061990090
List price: $11.99
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More of an adjunct to his t.v. series of the same name than an in depth book on its own I still enjoyed it. Mr. Fry has a way with words and captures the many ways the U.S. stands unique to those of us from other countries. Even as a Canadian and being so close to the country and inundated by their culture I find myself being unaware of the feelings, history and beauty of each state. A good brief guide for a non-American. Funny as well. The few episodes of the television show I caught were well worth watching as well.read more
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Perhaps it takes a Brit to convince an American to take another look at the abundance of good things that the USA has to see and experience. Well, maybe it helps if the American reading happens to think highly of Stephen Fry and also be an Anglophile. I gained a new appreciation for the sheer variety and wonder of our 50 states, and am thinking that the next big vacation should be to one or more of those marvelous states. I also really appreciated Fry's commentary on the people and places he encounters - while he clearly states his biases/dislikes, he doesn't overpower his ideas with those biases - he keeps an open mind as much as possible. But he also refrains from the other extreme,where all is treated with kid gloves and is marvelous and squeaky clean. You know that when he liked a place, he was sincere. Sincerity, scenes of beauty, and Stephen Fry in lots of uniforms that make him look 'ten kinds of dick' make this a definite pickmeup. Waiting for the actual documentary to put on the Netflix queue.read more
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A very quick wizz round the United States. No great depth to the details about each state, but one or two good pieces about the people and some of the cities etc. A good tie in with the TV series, but not enough depthe on its own to stand up as a visitors guide.read more
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More of an adjunct to his t.v. series of the same name than an in depth book on its own I still enjoyed it. Mr. Fry has a way with words and captures the many ways the U.S. stands unique to those of us from other countries. Even as a Canadian and being so close to the country and inundated by their culture I find myself being unaware of the feelings, history and beauty of each state. A good brief guide for a non-American. Funny as well. The few episodes of the television show I caught were well worth watching as well.
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Perhaps it takes a Brit to convince an American to take another look at the abundance of good things that the USA has to see and experience. Well, maybe it helps if the American reading happens to think highly of Stephen Fry and also be an Anglophile. I gained a new appreciation for the sheer variety and wonder of our 50 states, and am thinking that the next big vacation should be to one or more of those marvelous states. I also really appreciated Fry's commentary on the people and places he encounters - while he clearly states his biases/dislikes, he doesn't overpower his ideas with those biases - he keeps an open mind as much as possible. But he also refrains from the other extreme,where all is treated with kid gloves and is marvelous and squeaky clean. You know that when he liked a place, he was sincere. Sincerity, scenes of beauty, and Stephen Fry in lots of uniforms that make him look 'ten kinds of dick' make this a definite pickmeup. Waiting for the actual documentary to put on the Netflix queue.
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A very quick wizz round the United States. No great depth to the details about each state, but one or two good pieces about the people and some of the cities etc. A good tie in with the TV series, but not enough depthe on its own to stand up as a visitors guide.
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Stephen Fry is amusing, but not condescending in his travel book through all 50 U.S. states. I enjoyed it immensely and only wish there was a lot more. Excellent photography.
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I usually like Stephen Fry, but I thought his wide-eyed, "gosh golly America wow!" attitude was most of the time annoyingly twee, and occasionally just insulting. (comparing "hillbilly" musicians to dogs? really??)
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As a journey through the 50 states this is a good read. In many cases though the visits and write ups of some states were too short, it would have been nice to read more. I am looking forward to watching the TV series that the book supports.
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