Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is the author of many entertaining books and a fellow Iowa native. He is also an American ex-pat and one of my favorite authors.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid tells of life growing up in Iowa in the 1950s.


Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe


Written in the 1980s, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe retraces the path Bill traveled across Europe during his college days, including visits to Split, Croatia, Sarajevo, and Belgrade just before Yugoslavia’s demise. The links:

Marilyn Cvitanić

Anyone considering a visit to Croatia may want to read this book first. A proper understanding of the country’s culture, history, geography, and so forth can make an enormous difference in whether the visit is a positive experience or a disappointing dud. The link:

Culture and Customs of Croatia