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.
BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Bill Bryson's One Summer.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
If you enjoyed "A short history of nearly everything" you'll want to read this.
I could spend my whole life trying to compile this much information in a book.... but even if I did, it wouldn't be nearly as engrossing, fun, or thoughtful. At worst, it's an expansive history book, and at it's best it's pure Bryson brilliance.
Humorous, well-written, and informative. I really couldn't put it down. It's a great read if you love knowing where our cultural quirks come from, and the origins/history of our surroundings.
- Category: Art & Architecture
- Published: Oct 05, 2010
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 592 Pages
- Language: English