Author: Stephen Fry
Title: Stephen Fry in America
Genre: Nonfiction, Travel Memoir, Essays
Publication Date: November 3, 2009
Number of Pages: 320
Geographical Setting: Various places throughout the United States
Time Period: Present Day
Plot Summary: Actor, writer, comedian and British national treasure Stephen Fry travels around the United States in a black cab in order to discover the hidden gems that shape the United States into a multicultural society. Fry visits all 50 states and includes interesting facts about each, as well as photographs of him performing tasks in every area.
United States – Description and Travel
Fry, Stephen – 1957, Travel
British – Travel – United States
United States – Foreign public opinion, British
Appeal: Amusing, engaging, informative, charming, witty, insightful, knowledgeable, refreshing, heartwarming, poignant, upbeat, conversational
3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe the Book: Amusing, insightful, charming.
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