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At home: a short history of private life

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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 hygie≠ the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice ™ 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Full title at home a short history of private life
Author bryson bill
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author Bryson, Bill.
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display_description "From one of our most beloved authors, a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home--now richly illustrated with almost four hundred images. A national bestseller, At Home is Bill Bryson's epic chronicle of domestic history. In this lavish new edition, his riveting room-by-room journey of discovery around his house--a Victorian parsonage in southern England--is enhanced by some four hundred carefully selected full color and black and white illustrations. As he did in the hugely successful The Short History of Nearly Everything Illustrated Edition, Bryson complements his sparkling prose with striking illustrations selected from a wide array of sources to create a feast for the eyes as well as the mind. He has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive brains on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly mundane into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. When you've finished this book, you will see your house--and your daily life--in a new and revelatory light"--
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Dwellings -- Environmental aspects, Dwellings -- Psychological aspects, Large type books, Rooms -- Environmental aspects, Rooms -- Psychological aspects
title_display At home : a short history of private life
title_full At Home A Short History of Private Life, At Home An Informal History of Private Life, At home : a short history of private life / Bill Bryson, At home [sound recording] : [a short history of private life] / Bill Bryson, At home [sound recording] : a short history of private life / Bill Bryson, At home [text (large print)] : a short history of private life / Bill Bryson
title_short At home :
title_sub a short history of private life
topic_facet Architecture, Audiobooks, Dwellings, Environmental aspects, History, Home Design & Décor, Large type books, Nonfiction, Psychological aspects, Rooms