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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Doubleday) – Trade paperback (2010)
    by Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    Trade paperback, Doubleday
    2010
    UK airport ed.
    544 pages

    ISBN: 0385619170
    ISBN-13: 9780385619172

    In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of ... Show more

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Reviews of At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Overall customer rating: 4.334
Sharon

Enjoyed this immensely

by Sharon on Feb 16, 2012

I enjoyed reading the book a lot. Bill Bryson asnwers a lot of questions you never knew you had. Only reason for four stars is that it is a little lightweight in spots and of course, there were maybe a billion other questions that he didn't answer that I wish he had. I was genuinely sorry when ... More

jeff a

Bryson's best work - worth RE-reading

by jeff a on Feb 9, 2012

Easily the best work this author has ever done. Using the many rooms in his Norfolk home as individual launching points for discussion of how "the home" and the set of affordances in it came to be, Bryson plays a James Burke role in connecting innovation (both social & technological) to individual ... More

RonM

Bill Bryson

by RonM on Nov 3, 2011

Gets very boring and disconnected. Not his best book. More

momgigs

Amazing!

by momgigs on Nov 3, 2011

This is one of the best, most enjoyable, entertaining, and informative books I've ever read. Full of fascinating but little-known information presented with grace and humor. Reminds of the old PBS series, Connections, with James Burke. More

Win M

A Must Have

by Win M on Feb 24, 2011

This is a fascinating book; one you'll want to keep for a long time. Bryson's unique humor enlivens the history of why we live the way we do and how the rooms we live in and the things we live with have come to be named. It's one of those books you never want to finish because it's so good. More

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