Summary: A biography of Shakespeare.
Musings: Bryson's book is an easy-to-read slim volume of Shakespeare's life and plays. I liked that he spends much of his time on what we don't know about Shakespeare. He lays out the few definitive facts available and covers the various theories for the many things we don't know. In that way it's a compendium of other academic research without purporting to have the right answer. Not a lot of new information is presented, but still informative.