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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 Books) – Hardcover (2013)
    by Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    Hardcover, Doubleday Books
    2013
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    553 pages

    ISBN: 038553728X
    ISBN-13: 9780385537285

    From one of our most beloved authors, a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home--now richly illustrated with more than three hundred images. National bestseller "At Home" is Bill Bryson's epic chronicle of domestic history. In this handsome new edition, his riveting room-by-room journey of discovery around his house--a Victorian parsonage in southern England--is enhanced by more than three hundred carefully curated illustrations, the large majority of them in full color. As he did in the ... 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 the book was done, as I wanted more.

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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 items most people now take for granted. In this journey, he relishes promoting unknown or forgotten industrial "heroes" and inventors, describing specifically how they changed the course of material history. It's a pure pleasure, even when he jettisons his model -- as he does when he gets to "The Cellar", pretty much ignoring the room in favour of a totally-engaging discourse on the history of building materials -- a subject to more apt for the cellar than for any other room in a home. Informative, engaging, fun, useful. If I was stranded on a desert island with only six books to choose to have, this would make the cut.

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RonM

Bill Bryson

by RonM on Nov 3, 2011

Gets very boring and disconnected. Not his best book.

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.

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.

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