At Home: A Short History of Private Life
From the author of that classic of modern science writing, A Short History of Nearly Everything, comes a work of what you might call domestic science: our homes, how they work, and the fascinating history of how they got that way.
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 found 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 demostrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CSDaley - LibraryThing
Not one of his funny travels books but a very interesting history book. Looking back on all the things which have led to what we now know as the modern home. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - addunn3 - LibraryThing
Bryson takes a look the home through the early ages. Fascinating read with many interesting facts, especially the meanings of words we use every day. One of his best works. Read full review