This book is available in the Resource Centre at 973.92 BRY.
As The life and times of the thunderbolt kid is largely biographical, you should find out more about Bill Bryson's life and experiences. Check out his official website.
Also try these sites:
ABC The Book Club
To understand the setting of this book and to gain an informed perspective on what is was like to grow up in America in the 1950s as Bill Bryson did, you should check out the following websites.
Shmoop; Society in the 1950s
People's memories from the 1950s