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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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From one of the most beloved authors of our time-more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone - a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

"Houses aren't refuges from history. They are where history ends up."

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to "write a history of the world without leaving home."

The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has fig­ured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.

Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposi­tion imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

©2010 Bill Bryson (P)2010 Random House Audio

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"There are many guilty pleasures, from Bryson's droll prose - "What really turned the Victorians to bathing, however, was the realization that it could be gloriously punishing" - to the many tantalizing glimpses behind closed doors at aristocratic English country houses. In demonstrating how everything we take for granted, from comfortable furniture to smoke-free air, went from unimaginable luxury to humdrum routine, Bryson shows us how odd and improbable our own lives really are." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Derek Grimmell Hutchinson, KS, USA 19.10.2011
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    "Comforting voice, incisive intellect"

    Bill Bryson has what may be the most pleasant speaking voice in the English language. Any book is better for his reading. That said, his recasting of the last 2,000 years of changes in society and technology by the make-up and accoutrements of the modern house is fascinating. As usual, he draws on a wealth of detail and historical research (and trivia) to weave a story of people's evolving sense of what domestic life could or should be. Yet another Bryson book that will reward multiple hearings.

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