I absolutely loved reading At Home, Road to Little Dribbling and In a Sunburned Country. They are all very informative, and Little Dribbling and Sunburned Country were very funny. But I can't say the same thing for this book - yet I grew up in this era in a small western Canadian town. I feel like some other reviewers. I didn't enjoy his Thunderbolt Kid fantasy, his and his friends never ending childish crude antics; I found these tiring and I didn't relate to them as part of my childhood.
Bryson is a fantastic author with a unique writing style and very keen eye. But this book didn't hit the mark for me.