Staff Choice

Staff Choice

March 23, 2003|By Molly Knight | Molly Knight,SUN STAFF

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson. Broadway Books. 576 pages. $26.

Travel writer Bill Bryson has trekked from the Australian outback to the Appalachian Trail. In more than a dozen books, he's chronicled his trips to almost every corner of the Earth. What's left? The Earth itself. In A Short History, Bryson shares what is by far his most ambitious journey. In an effort to understand the origins of the very world he's been wandering, Bryson immersed himself in the work of some of its greatest minds -- from mathematicians and astronomers, to anthropologists and paleontologists. The result is a book that is void of Bryson's characteristically lighthearted, sometimes silly voice. Instead, it's downright scholarly -- a clear and concise outline of history from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Unlike vintage Bryson, A Short History is not laugh-out-loud. It is, however, one of the author's smartest books -- one that deserves to be taken seriously.

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