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At Home: A Short History of Private Life(Paperback)
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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.