Book Nook: One Summer - America, 1927, by Bill Bryson

Nov 5, 2013

When Bill Bryson was mulling over his next project he was thinking about writing a dual biography of Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris during the summer of 1927. Nobody had ever done that before. He became an instant celebrity.

Babe Ruth broke his own home run record during that same summer. He clubbed 60 dingers, a record that remained unbroken until our modern era of performance enhanced sluggers. The more Bryson did his research the more he became intrigued with all the amazing things that had transpired during an eventful time. He decided to write about the aviators, the baseball players, and lots of other stuff that took place during this brief period in American history.

In this interview the author talks about many of these extraordinary occurrences. Bryson is probably best known for his memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail. That book was called "A Walk in the Woods," a story that might be translated into a Hollywood movie production. Bryson gives us the latest update on this slow moving process.