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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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Publisher Comments:

From one of the most beloved authors of our time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”

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 he found it 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 demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.

Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

Synopsis:

The award-winning author of A Short History of Nearly Everything explores the ways in which homes reflect history, from a bathroom's revelations about medicine and hygiene to a kitchen's exposure of the stories of trade and nutrition. 600,000 first printing.

About the Author

BILL BRYSON’s books include A Walk in the Woods, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, Bryson’s Book of Troublesome Words, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors. Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

Table of Contents

The year — The setting — The hall — The kitchen — The scullery and the larder — The fusebox — The drawing room — The dining room — The cellar — The passage — The study — The garden — The plum room — The stairs — The bedroom — The bathroom — The dressing room — The nursery — The attic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385533591
Subtitle:
A Short History of Private Life
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Architecture : Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Subject:
Architecture-Houses
Subject:
BEST-NONFICT OR532EndCap
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
CONSTHM-DISPLAY513EndCap
Subject:
Current Affairs-General
Subject:
Home Construction-General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-CULTURE
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20101005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
497

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Houses
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History and Social Science » World History » General

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