A story about this — 3 years ago
The humour is on the sharp side, as other reviewers already mentioned. Bryson writes out the mean remarks you would occasionally find yourself thinking about other people, but wouldn’t say out loud. I didn’t really notice any fat obsession, but some of his racist remarks put me off (something about Hitler and Garmisch-Partenkirchen went to far for my taste, even if that was only a joke)
I did like his style of travel very much, going through small towns and seeing the (sometimes corny) tourist spots, it is pretty much how I’d ideally like to travel through America someday too. Since it was written over 20 years ago, I wonder how much of it has changed since. It would be very interesting if someone made this same trip and published their findings – preferably Bryson himself.