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At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

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Recently, I decided to let Bill Bryson teach me a little bit about everything – at least everything relating to the home, I guess. You really can’t go wrong with Bryson’s work if you are looking for an interesting and engaging nonfiction read.

From Amazon.com: With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

I very much enjoyed the book. I kept interrupting my husband to tell him so many random facts that he eventually decided to read the book for himself. My favorite bits? The early chapters dealing with prehistoric+ subjects, along with the dressing room and bathroom chapters. Great book!


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