Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry Harper HK$128 Stephen Fry doesn't try to interpret what he sees in the US. He says he hopes only to fill in some knowledge gaps, his own and those of readers and viewers of the book and BBC television series that took him, in a London black cab, through the country's 50 states from September 2007 to May 2008. He covers a lot of ground, and not just in terms of distance. Readers can follow him on his journey, which starts in New England and ends in Hawaii, or dip into parts of the country that have a personal pull. Each state is introduced with a page of 'key' facts. We learn that the well-known residents and natives of one of Fry's favourite states, Montana, include the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, and David Lynch. In Maine, which Fry also gives the thumbs up, he goes 'lobstering'. In San Francisco, 'about as perfect a town as there can be', he meets Jonathan Ive, of Apple iMac, iPod and iPhone fame, then realises a lifetime's ambition when he drives through a sequoia tree. Although gimmicky, Stephen Fry in America has an appeal that owes much to the author's personality and humour. It's a book to remember when Christmas looms.