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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007266359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007266357
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 7 2009
Format: Paperback
Now this is a travelog I can sink my teeth into: informative, witty, delicious, colorful and above all else written by someone intent on having a good time while gadding about the US. The pictures are worth the price of the book alone. Fry, the consumate British comedian and happy wanderer, has a plan in writing this book. He wants so very much to include his readers in the fun of traveling the length and breadth of a country that supposedly knows no limits to its human opportunities. To that end, Fry seeks with the aid of an English taxi those unique and not so out-of-the-way places in the Union that contain people who have a curious story or two to share about their lives in one part of this vast multi-ethic society. Fry, with typical gusto and dare, seemingly tries every cultural experience the country has to offer, so that he can, as an inquisitive traveller, come away with an informed opinion as to its real aesthetic worth. After all, art really does imitate life. Fry's enormous appetite for the exotic, the zany, the dangerous, the curious, the exciting, and the novel makes him a delightful travel guide who obviously has plenty of money and time to indulge his every whim and fancy. When I finally reached the end of Fry's journey on the islands of Hawaii, I knew I had just completed the vicarious trip of a lifetime, without having to move outside the comforts of my recliner. Having said that, there is more than enough inspiration in this book to whet the appetites of those of us lesser mortals who yearn to actually experience the smallest of portions of the grand tour. Wonderful book to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace!
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By Shu Zhang on June 26 2014
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fewer pictures than I expected, but, generally, it's good. It helps me to understand more about America.
I bought it as secondhand, it's in good condition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Taxi Tour Of The States May 18 2010
By V Jackman - Published on Amazon.com
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Besides being a beautiful book recounting his documentary for the BBC, `Stephen Fry In America' gives you insight into corners of America most Americans have never seen. Stephen Fry often dubbed the wittiest man in the United Kingdom invites us to ride along in a black British taxi. The trip is well worth it.

Stephen Fry has so many accomplishments it seems silly to cover them all. But let me try.

He is an actor, a comedian, an author, technophile, the voice of audiobooks, a prolific documentist, and a film director, playwright and television presenter.

Fry travels America making stops in familiar and sometimes very odd places. Whether making his own flavor of ice cream at Ben & Jerry's in Vermont or touring `The Body Farm' in Tennessee, Fry displays the wonder of the true traveler mixed with the tiniest amount of cynicism as most tourists do. He really hates American cheese.

Fry introduces us to our brethren and a few of us are rather quirky. We meet celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Ted Turner and Sting. We also meet very hospitable Americans who take Fry into their homes and break bread with him. There is drinking too. The Kentucky bourbon distillery stop was memorable. At least it was for me. I'm not sure if Fry recalls it, but it's in the book so I suppose he does.

Fry drives through each of the states but cherry picks the ones he wishes to stop in and stretch his legs. This means some members of the union receive a mention and nothing more.

The most glaring of these is poor old oh-hi-oh-hi-oh. Ohio received a photo of Fry at the state line and the Neil Young song of the same name about the Kent State shootings. Was that fair? Probably not if you're from Ohio.

But overall this is a wonderful companion to the documentary series. Fry's amusing insights from an outsider's point of view were pleasing. His willingness to try different experiences was admirable. This book shows mostly the good of America. If it were dark and cynical I would never have purchased it. Who wants to see the worst of themselves or their countrymen? I hope Fry returns. Maybe he'll visit Ohio.
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Lovely Little Jaunt Through the US Oct. 10 2010
By Keryl Raist - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe I should start by saying that I am an American? Or maybe the fact that I'm also a long term Stephen Fry fan? Possibly the fact that I'm a major anglophile is relevant?

That all of these things are true definitely formed my opinion on this book. I enjoyed it immensely. It was a light, quick, little jaunt through the USA with a friendly and fond citizen of a country much like us, but still very much not us.

For the US reader, Stephen Fry is very, very British. His language, British English, will cause the US reader occasional pause. (What's a fringe? Why would it be on someone's head? Oh, that's Britspeak for bangs! The book is kind enough to have a glossary in the back.) And though he is very British he is not the stereotypical Smarter-and-more-cultured-than-thou Brit. (Though, in addition to Hugh Laurie, if any living Brit has earned the right to that title, he's it.) Likewise, he was looking to write a book that went well past the Loud-rude-idiot American stereotype.

I think he succeeded. Though others have complained about the shallowness of the book, it wasn't meant to be a massive compendium of all things American. It's not supposed to be a scholarly work on the economic systems and demographics of the US. It's a travelogue, and a nice one at that.

So, join me fellow Yanks, and take a look at our country through the eyes of a very well educated and traveled Brit.
Fry at his best! Sept. 12 2010
By Beverley A. Izett - Published on Amazon.com
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Always love Frys' wit and astuteness! This is a great book that I borrowed from the library and then just had to own ,then get a copy for a friend.His quick exploration of the States is entertaining and endearing to the people who live here. He manages to find the unusual and usual that makes America such an interesting place to live!Such intelligence is always a joy to read ...just love his Britishness!
Good/bad book Feb. 18 2014
By shadoehawk - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the book but he really didn't do enough traveling to know what America is like. I was disappointed in his review of my state.
Vintage Fry Jan. 16 2013
By Clive Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
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absolutely excellent the book was a wonderful humorous tour of America.as usual English prose is superb,I would heartily recommend this to anyone who has not visited the America

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