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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Memoirs in the last few years detailed the authors' struggles with abuse or dysfunctional families. Poor Bill Bryson was born into a happy, well-adjusted family in Iowa in 1951. His memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, is his nostalgic and hilarious look at those bygone days in America's heartland. Both his parents worked for the Des Moines Register, and it was time where community mattered. At the time, Bryson didn't know how good he had it, even imbued with superpowers from his thunderbolt jersey, and he compares his youth to the realities of the post-war and Cold War realities that plagued must of the rest of the world. His recollection of those early days of the baby boomer generation has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Bryson has produced a book so outlandishly and improbably entertaining, you begin to doubt its veracity."