At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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Anchor Books, 2011 - Architecture - 577 pages
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In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore 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  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

Excellent, easy to read book, and Bryson is an excellent audiobook narrator. I haven't been particularly fond of Bryson's books before but I gave this a shot based on a friend's recommendation and it ... Read full review

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User Review  - DLMorrese - LibraryThing

Bill Bryson lives in a former Victorian parsonage in England. In this book, he uses each of the rooms in his old house as a starting point for a bit of history about technology, culture, and architecture. It makes for an enjoyable and informative read. Read full review

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
509
Section 27
519
Section 28
533
Section 29
535
Section 30
561
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Bill Bryson's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods (now a major motion picture starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte), Notes from a Small Island, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home, and One Summer. He lives in England with his wife.

www.billbrysonbooks.com

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