I discovered the great Bill Bryson from his writing on the English language. I tried reading some William Safire and it didn’t do it for me. However, Bryson’s wit and wisdom clicked with me, and I’ve become a voracious reader. Favorite book of his is probably Notes From a Small Island - for an American who spent a lot of time in the UK, it just resonated with me.
His travel books are brilliant, and really draw you into the culture and history of a place. And he’s funny, laugh-out-loud funny…
So, as we prepare for our annual trip - which will be to Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, and Quebec City - and I thought that I would love to read a Bryson-esque survey of the history and culture of the places I’m visiting. More importantly, even though I visit Canada fairly often, I’m also pretty ignorant about our neighbour to the north.
Can Canadopers, or any dopers for that matter, steer me to a good book or two that might enhance my travels? It will also likely be my summer read, so bring your best stuff!