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If you don't live in a Victorian-era vicarage in England, as does author Bill Bryson, along with his family, it might be harder for you to accept the premise that much of human history can be reflected in the rooms of a home and the needs that have been met by them over centuries: nutrition in the kitchen, hygiene (brought indoors relatively late in the game) in the bathroom, sleep and ****** and all-too-often illness and death in the bedrooms. However, reading Bryson's delightfully detailed book on the subject will charm and entertain and painlessly convince you that, behind closed doors, social history as well as private life is taking place.
With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.
Number of Pages: 544
Genre: Architecture, Social Science, House + Home
Sub-Genre: Domestic, General, Customs + Traditions
Publisher: Anchor Books
Author: BRYSON, BILL
Street Date: March 12, 2013
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3780