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At home : a short history of private life

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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From one of the most beloved authors of our time, a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. 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 found in that comfortable home. To remedy
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 9780767919388 0767919386
OCLC Number: 503596086
Description: 497 pages ; 25 cm
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.
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From one of the most beloved authors of our time, a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. 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 found 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 the history of hygiene, the bedroom for an account of sex, death, and sleep, the kitchen for a discussion of nutrition and the spice trade, and so on, showing how each has figured in the evolution of private life. From architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the telephone to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets -- and the brilliant, creative, and often eccentric talents behind them -- Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world ends up in our houses, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture. - Jacket flap.

Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.

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