I re-read this book by Bill Bryson a week or two ago. Bryson's books are ones that I regularly revisit and I wasn't disappointed re-reading this examination (from the early 80s) or the backwater towns and big cities of the US. Bryson's fresh perspective - of a an American returning to his native country after many years self-imposed exile - is truly engaging. He recalls with warmth the memories of holidays as a kid and comes to realise that you can never go back to what was. Many passages are laugh-out-loud funny and many more still say a lot about the state of American home life.