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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Black Swan) – Mass-market paperback (2011)
    by Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    Mass-market paperback, Black Swan
    2011
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    ISBN: 0552772550
    ISBN-13: 9780552772556

    What does history really consists of? Centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - sleeping, eating, having sex, endeavouring to get comfortable. And where did all these normal activities take place? At home. This was the thought that inspired Bill Bryson to start a journey around the rooms of his own house, an 1851 Norfolk rectory, to consider how the ordinary things in life came to be. And what he discovered are surprising connections to anything from the Crystal Palace to the Eiffel Tower, from scurvy ... 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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