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Brewery Book Club: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

  • Fat Hill Brewing 17 North Federal Avenue Mason City, IA, 50401 United States (map)

Join us for the first meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds.  The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

This month's pick is a great choice for anyone who likes travel, humor writing, or collecting fun facts to amaze friends and co-workers!  It's an easy, entertaining read...especially in the depths of an Iowa winter.

No time to sit down and read?  The audio version of this book is especially good.


About the Book

Every time Bill Bryson (an Iowa native) walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.

Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.

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Later Event: January 21
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