At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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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 to body-snatching,from bedbugs to the Industrial Revolution, and just about everything else that has ever happened, resulting in one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything) turns his attention from science to society in his authoritative history of domesticity, At Home: A Short History of Private Life. While walking through his own home, a former Church of England rectory built in the 19th century, Bryson reconstructs the fascinating history of the household, room by room. With waggish humor and a knack for unearthing the extraordinary stories behind the seemingly commonplace, he examines how everyday items--things like ice, cookbooks, glass windows, and salt and pepper--transformed the way people lived, and how houses evolved around these new commodities. "Houses are really quite odd things," Bryson writes, and, luckily for us, he is a writer who thrives on oddities. He gracefully draws connections between an eclectic array of events that have affected home life, covering everything from the relationship between cholera outbreaks and modern landscaping, to toxic makeup, highly flammable hoopskirts, and other unexpected hazards of fashion. Fans of Bryson's travel writing will find plenty to love here; his keen eye for detail and delightfully wry wit emerge in the most unlikely places, making At Home an engrossing journey through history, without ever leaving the house. --Lynette Mong

About the Author:

Bill Bryson is much loved for his bestselling travel books, from The Lost Continent to Down Under, but Notes from a Small Island has earned a particularly special place in the nation's heart (a national poll for World Book Day in 2003 voted it the book that best represents Britain). His acclaimed A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. He has now returned to live in the UK with his wife and family. www.billbryson.co.uk

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Descrizione libro Transworld, 2011. Softcover. Condizione libro: New. First edition. Summary of the Book This book covers numerous topics like geography, economy, and economics topics that go into each room imaginable of a house. Bryson describes how the entire world can be fit into what is called the home. He ponders upon visiting every room and observing the importance of it. He begins with the hall, by describing the architecture, doors, windows, chimneys, etc. He then moves on to the kitchen, detailing the importance of nutrition, the expertise involved in food processing, the spice trade, and the diverse food habits of people. Bryson goes on to elaborate on the bedroom, the hallway, the bathroom, the dining room, the drawing room, the attic, the cellar, the garden, the nursery, the plum room, the dressing room, and other rooms that are usually found in a Victorian house. Printed Pages: 704. Codice libro della libreria 107060

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Descrizione libro Transworld, 2011. Softcover. Condizione libro: New. First edition. Summary of the Book This book covers numerous topics like geography, economy, and economics topics that go into each room imaginable of a house. Bryson describes how the entire world can be fit into what is called the home. He ponders upon visiting every room and observing the importance of it. He begins with the hall, by describing the architecture, doors, windows, chimneys, etc. He then moves on to the kitchen, detailing the importance of nutrition, the expertise involved in food processing, the spice trade, and the diverse food habits of people. Bryson goes on to elaborate on the bedroom, the hallway, the bathroom, the dining room, the drawing room, the attic, the cellar, the garden, the nursery, the plum room, the dressing room, and other rooms that are usually found in a Victorian house. Printed Pages: 704. Codice libro della libreria 107060

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