51 pages 1 hour read

Bill Bryson

One Summer: America, 1927

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2013

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Essay Topics


Who do you think is the most intriguing historical actor discussed in the book? Why?


Consider Bryson’s central cast of historical characters: Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, Nicola Sacco, and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. To what extent are each of these characters heroes or villains? You should discuss each character, though you may want to discuss Sacco and Vanzetti together.


One Summer is largely about men, but what does the book teach us about women in 1920s America? (Think about professions, opportunities, and sexuality.)