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Review: At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Roz Shea

Bill Bryson just can't help it. He writes funny, even when he's being serious, as he is in this latest history of how people have lived over the centuries. This subject could be dry as toast in another author's hands, but with his curious nose buried firmly in historical research while his waggish tongue is planted firmly in cheek, Bryson serves up a rich banquet of utterly fascinating and ... Read full review

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I would give this book 6 stars out of 5, if I could. I found it interesting, entertaining, and enlightening. Every day I would learn something new that stuck with me all day and I wanted to share with people. The machinations of rodents, the glimpses of Victorian society and life, the etymology of words and phrases - why we "make a bed" for instance - it's all too good. The topics of servitude, medicine, hygiene and human waste are pretty intense, but so chock full of eye-opening perspective and morsels of interest that every time I had to stop listening, I couldn't wait until I could pick it up again. Mr. Bryson is a clever and gifted prose writer as well. I've read about 200 books in my life, and this is in the top ten. 

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2011
Somehow expected this to be more of a sustained essay on the home; instead, it's more a compendium of trivia and one-off ideas that made a mark on history. Bryson's always enjoyable, and it's
fine for what it is, but I wound up feeling it was the product of a great deal of research, none of which was original.  

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This is a tremendously interesting book filled with so much information, i couldn't put it down. I'm not sure how most of it ties to our homes, and after forgetting about 80% of the book, still have a head full of information. The last paragraph was an environmental rant that was a non-sequitor, but at that point, who really cares. The man was entitled to a rant. It was a long book. But a great read. 

Review: At Home: A Short History of Private Life

User Review  - Bruce - Goodreads

Before reading any Bill Bryson book, you should visit your local neurosurgeon to receive an implant of an extra 50 petabytes or so, because master Bryson is going to give you an encyclopedic journey ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

I read this book last Spring, and greatly enjoyed it. Unfortunately I had to return it before I was finished, but because of the episodic nature of the storytelling that's okay. This is easily a book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vasia - Goodreads

Bill Bryson has a talent to take literally anything and turn it into an amazing, informative and clever book. This time, he writes an amazing historical book about the evolution of society and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon Rowan - Goodreads

Extremely interesting, informative, and well written. I love it, even though he does tend to get side-tracked. Read full review

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User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

Interesting facts but a bit of a mess structurally. I had to laugh sometimes at the wacky tangents, and I had to wonder at the audacity of omitting women from his history of the home. So weird. To ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy Maloney - Goodreads

An enjoyable look at the history of homes and the conventions that evolved around them. Read full review

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