Bill Bryson’s books include A Walk in the Woods (Black Swan/Broadway Books), Notes From A Small Island (Black Swan/Avon), Mother Tongue (Penguin/Avon) and A Short History of Nearly Everything (Black Swan/Broadway Books). He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and lived in England for over twenty years.
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Fat Girls in Des Moines
‘When I was growing up I used to think that the best thing about coming from Des Moines was that it meant you didn't come from anywhere else in Iowa. By Iowa standards, Des Moines is a Mecca of cosmopolitanism, a dynamic hub of wealth and education, where people wear three-piece suits and dark socks, often simultaneously.’