Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry in America

Britain's best-loved comic genius Stephen Fry turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his black taxicab. Stephen's account of his adventures is filled with his unique humour, insight and warmth in this beautifully illustrated book that accompanies his journey for the BBC1 series.'Stephen Fry is a treasure of the British Empire.' - The GuardianStephen Fry has always loved America, i...

Details Stephen Fry in America

TitleStephen Fry in America
Release DateOct 1st, 2008
PublisherHarper Collins
GenreNonfiction, Travel, Humor, Biography, Literature, American

Reviews Stephen Fry in America

  • Trish
    I've loved Stephen Fry ever since I saw a debate with him on youtube (he teamed up with Christopher Hitchens). Shortly after that I started looking into the documentaries he has made over the years and thus discovered Stephen Fry in America. Now, many years later, I have finally found out about the book and managed to find a used copy.The idea was for Stephen Fry to take a famous black London cab (just because he can and it is quirky) to the US a...
  • Kirsty
    This book was really interesting. I've always been fascinated by America and after reading this book I have even more of a desire to spend time there exploring. Each state is covered, some in more detail than others. I liked the fact that he focused on things that readers may not have known about each state rather than going for the obvious things. I do feel that some of the states were a little short-changed. I know that he had a timescale to st...
  • Caroline
    I did not get on well with Master Fry in this instance.Partly it's because I like things covered in reasonable depth...and this did not happen on Fry's trip to America in 2007/8. Here he covers 50 states in about 26 weeks - therefore giving about 2 weeks to each state, and the book is full of snips. In Massachusetts there is a snip about whaling, then we are whipped off to meet the historical role-playing inmates of The Mayflower, and from there ...
  • Wendy
    I thoroughly enjoyed this--not just as a product of Mr Fry's natural wit and humor, although it was that, too. But the foreigner's perspective on my homeland is usually negative, judgmental and dismissive. Americans are dismissed out of hand as frivolous, stupid, naturally bullheaded and aggressive, and (always, always, always) one of two things: too rich for their own good, or inbred hicks from the sticks. As anyone even remotely familiar with M...
  • vylit
    I wanted to love this book, I really did, and I think in a lot of ways the miniseries is actually more charming and entertaining.I was interested to see his impressions of the different states and the variety one encounters while traveling across this country. I knew that the impressions would likely be superficial simply because of the amount of time he had to travel and the sheer space that he had to traverse. However, even given that, I just d...
  • Kathleen
    This beautiful book allows the reader to travel around all fifty states with Stephen Fry, friendly foreigner. Full of wit, history, points of scientific interest, points of regional interest, and just generally interesting facts, this is so much more than the accompaniment for a television series. A few pages for each state may seem like too little, especially for places like Missouri where most is given over to the homeless of St Louis, but Fry ...
  • Jenny Sparrow
    И снова книга-должок, которая ждала своего часа несколько лет. Было время, я увлекалась Стивеном Фраем-писателем и перечитала многое из того, что он написал. Эта книга так долго лежала в шкафу потому, что она по размеру большая, и её не потаскаешь с ...
  • Chris G Derrick
    First let me say that I enjoyed the read.However, factual travel books (such as Rough Guides, Lonely Planet) are one thing. They set out the sights to see, the accomodation and you make your choice if you wish to follow their advice.A personal travel book is, in my mind, vastly different. Going by the last paragraph of his introduction it seems this is what he's set out to write.It comes back to the 'One man's meat is another man's poison' saying...
  • Keryl Raist
    Maybe I should start by saying that I am an American? Or maybe the fact that I'm also a long term Stephen Fry fan? Possibly the fact that I'm a major anglophile is relevant?That all of these things are true definitely formed my opinion on this book. I enjoyed it immensely. It was a light, quick, little jaunt through the USA with a friendly and fond citizen of a country much like us, but still very much not us.For the US reader, Stephen Fry is ver...
  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    I love Stephen Fry, really well educated, well spoken and super funny listening to him is always a joy. I actually read this book and then watched the tv show and liked them both quite a bit. I actually learned quite a bit from the documentary, he went through every state in America and found small towns and pointed out bits of American history that aren't well known and it was a really charming read. I recommend this for anyone who likes Stephen...
  • Linda
    I liked this book so much that I didn't want it to end. I rationed myself just a couple of states per day, and ended up with Alaska and Hawaii left unread when our book group met to discuss it. Oops.It reminded me a lot of the Michael Palin travel books, except with a bit more Fry and a little less Python.Everyone has a beef about how their state was treated by Mr. Fry, and I am no exception. Honestly, a dozen theories of how we came to be called...
  • Koen Crolla
    Stephen Fry is a twit. And I say this having been a fan for a long time.He approaches the US with an xenophilic infatuation, happily unencumbered by any deep knowledge of the country's history, people, or politics (past or present). He is aware of the Civil War and at least some of the civil rights struggles, but to him, racism is a thing of the past, bigots are non-existent or at least vanishingly small in numbers, and everyone and everything is...
  • Santhosh
    Taken strictly as an accompaniment to the popular documentary of the same name catering to a British audience, this book is a decent enough read. My complaint is that things aren't covered in any depth as the emphasis is on setting foot in all 50 states to cover things that are either accessible only to a BBC shoot or would show up well on TV. You know, stuff like attending primary meets with Mitt Romney, horse trading, bourbon brewing, touring a...
  • Indah Threez Lestari
    139 - 2017
  • Cynda
    3.75 Enjoyable Travelogue.Review to Follow.
  • Rinn
    Also posted on my book blog, Rinn Reads.I somehow completely missed watching this TV series when it was on air a couple of years ago. I've always been aware of it, and caught the occasional bit of an episode (always the same one... about the Body Farm. Normally whilst eating.), but never watched much of it.I learnt quite a bit whilst reading this book - although I think I could probably name every state, and had a general idea of where each one w...
  • Ed
    Outline: Stephen Fry decides to travel through each state in America in a black London cab. Mainly for the purposes of creating a TV show, which I haven't seen much of so far. Maybe I'll buy the DVD.This was an enjoyable read, which only fueled my desire to see more of the US. As usual with books like this, I didn't want it to end as it felt like I was along for the journey too. If only there were more states!I have to say, though, that this wasn...
  • Liza Gilbert
    I'll admit I was biased before I even read this book. I am a long-time admirer and fan of Mr. Fry, and I consider him to be somewhat of a national treasure in the United Kingdom. So, when I stumbled across this book at my library I was more than pleasantly surprised.Fry decided to try and understand the nature of Americans and visit the beautiful landscapes of our country by going state by state through the Union. What could have been a slap-dash...
  • Susanne
    Stephen Fry really "gets" America. And I say this even though he compared my hometown to a "digestive biscuit" (which are yummy but not in any way exotic). :)The US really is 50 different countries - each state has its own bit of uniqueness. And yes, a few states were glossed over, but the US is also freakin' HUGE, man. As in GIGANTIC. As in VAST. As in most *Americans* will never see them all. That said, I do hope he comes back and does the bits...
  • Tex
    As I closed the final page of this book, I was CONSUMED with patriotism. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the impression my country made on a Briton and it made me happy to read of the author enjoying (and disliking) some of the same things I feel. I would like Stephen Fry to write the narration of my experiences to see if the memories coincide.Although there are lots of pictures, the book felt more like anthropology than a coffee table book. There's...
  • Snailes
    Stephen Fry is a peculiar person and therefore his approach of getting to know the US is special but he always manages to find interesting people. I especially liked to see how he covered the places that are dear to me, but you should watch the TV series as well.
  • Rex Fuller
    Enjoyable, no stress, easy read. Fry is typical British, except that he loves America and Americans--very nice to see. He gives an entertaining and little known fact or two about every single State.
  • Suzanne Fournier
    A companion book to the BBC series of the same name. Worth reading if you've seen the series as each features slightly different things. I had caught a few episodes years ago and enjoyed it, being a big Fry fan, lately I've been reading his nonfiction works and this was next. His writing and observations are witty, charming and hilarious.
  • Rob
    More reviews can be found on my book blog.---I love travelogues, and I love Stephen Fry, but I wasn't in love with this book. I started off quite bored, and eventually did grow to enjoy it, but I think I went in with incorrect expectations.This is an account of Stephen Fry's trip around America to visit all 50 states, during which he also filmed a six-part television series for the BBC under the same name. I haven't seen the series, and I can't s...
  • Lauren
    Stephen Fry traveled across America from September 2007, starting in Maine, to May 2008, ending in Hawaii. He and his camera crew hit all 50 states, even if just briefly, and it resulted in a BBC TV series called, also, "Stephen Fry in America" (2008)Stephen Fry in AmericaThis book followed in 2009, and it is a delightful read. It is also highly opinionated. So, if you're partial to Atlantic City, for example, you may not appreciate his take on t...
  • Lee Dunning
    The first thing you need to remember, assuming you're American, is that this book was not written for you. It was written for our cousins across the pond, and as such won't necessarily conform to the traditional Chamber of Commerce routine of showing only the positive and featuring only the most exciting tourist attractions. If you can approach this book with the understanding Mr. Fry brings to the table his own bias, and an interest in presentin...
  • Victoria
    Stephen Fry has a deep and abiding affection for America. In one of his many assignments for the BBC he visits the 50 states, some more briefly than others. He did find a few areas of the country that he held with disdain. One of these areas was the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fry hilariously writes, "For taking the name of the priceless mausoleum of Agra, one of the beauties and wonders of the world, for that alone Donald Trump...
  • Kissmekate
    Im Rahmen eines Fernsehprojekts reist Stephen Fry 2007/2008 durch alle 50 Staaten der USA, auf der Suche nach ... ja, was eigentlich? Besonderem? Fernsehtauglichem? Kuriosem? Berührendem?Ein Mix aus allem ist es, den er uns hier präsentiert. Beginnend mit Maine als dem östlichsten Bundesstaat tuckert er in einem Londoner Black Cab durch die "Lower 48" und durchmisst diverse Zeit- und Klimazonen und die verschiedensten Landschaften. Bei jedem S...
  • Stefani Akins
    This is the companion book to a BBC documentary Stephen Fry did about six years ago. I always find it interesting to learn how other people meet the US, and as a European myself, I can only nod my head at some of the customs Fry finds odd. Of course, if you are familiar with any of Stephen Fry's work, you already know that he's a finely nuanced, eloquent writer, which is something else I enjoy very much. Add to that lots of beautiful pictures fro...
  • Alix
    I really wanted to like this book; unfortunately, I did not. I would give it a 2.5 stars if I could, but had to go for the 2. While reading, only a few times did I find myself chuckling... and that was generous.Things I thought could be improved:1. If a book jacket's description indicates that the traveler visited each state and that a report on each state was included in the book... then the traveler should at least VISIT EACH STATE. There is no...