At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011 - Architecture - 577 pages
40 Reviews

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.

  

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User Review  - AThurman - LibraryThing

Bryson's history of everyday life has his trademark charm and seeming effortlessness. Greatly enjoyed it, and recommend it as a bracing dose of anti-nostalgia. On balance the good old days were always more nasty, brutish and short than the present. Read full review

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User Review  - sscarllet - LibraryThing

This book has forever cemented Bill Brysons place on my book shelves. He is a wonderful story teller and extremely good at breaking down difficult topics into easily understandable language. This book ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
10
Section 4
35
Section 5
40
Section 6
53
Section 7
79
Section 8
102
Section 17
301
Section 18
337
Section 19
363
Section 20
378
Section 21
406
Section 22
434
Section 23
441
Section 24
475

Section 9
131
Section 10
160
Section 11
193
Section 12
226
Section 13
251
Section 14
253
Section 15
280
Section 16
282
Section 25
479
Section 26
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Section 27
519
Section 28
533
Section 29
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Section 30
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About the author (2011)

BILL BRYSON's books include A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, Bryson's Book of Troublesome Words, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors. Bryson lives in England.

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