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At Home

A Short History of Private Life

Bryson, Bill

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
At Home
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780767919388
0767919386
Branch Call Number: 643.1 B9166a 2010
Characteristics: 497 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm

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Cheeky history of Bryson's current residence, a 19th century parsonage. Who knew that parsons made mad amounts of money in that century (One parson made the equivalent of $500,000 per year)? I guess church mice lived well, considering the quantity and variety of food consumed in 19th century pa... Read More »

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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.

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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Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bill Bryson never fails to amuse, and to some extent, educate. He's all over the map with this one, but you'll come away with all sorts of awesome trivial information.

Jun 04, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The social history of England, based on the premise, 'There's no place like home' is presented with Bill Bryson's inimitable flair in a very palatable informative fashion.Ideal for either dipping or cover-to-cover reading.Most enjoyable.

Apr 03, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

At Home --- Bill Bryson. Well done! Well done! It’s difficult to know into exactly which pigeon hole to stick this work by Bryson. But perhaps it doesn't matter. Is it technical history; economic history; cultural geography; social history. It has snatches of all of these things and aa lot more too. The glue that holds all these disparate elements together is, as you might have guessed, the home. The book is focused on England with nary a nod to anywhere else on the globe and it is focused primarily but not exclusively on the Victorian era. John Snow; the Crystal Palace; the cotton jenny; Paladin architecture; maize; Charles Darwin; Monticello; tines on forks; country estates: these are all part and parcel of this book. Prepare to be enlightened as well as entertained.

Aug 31, 2013
  • carbonbusters rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

History of all the components that constitute a modern home, illustrated from the example of an old British parsonage (Bryson's home). Excellent.

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Oct 20, 2012
  • thordora rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fun read, like most of Bryson, full of little interesting tidbits to lead you in all sorts of directions. Really enjoyed this.

Bill Bryson is one of my favorites. I have read only his humor books in the past but after reading At Home I will have to read all of his books. Amazing how much interest stuff he is able to present based on his old 1851 house. Did lots of reading out loud to my husband.

Sep 17, 2012
  • rsmbarlow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book! Funny and factual. I'd love to have Bill Bryson over for dinner!

Sep 14, 2012
  • danomcd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't normally give a 5 as a mark but this book will have you wanting to share every piece of what you read - even in the middle of the night! (I should note though that the first chapter was a little slow).

Aug 26, 2012
  • gilljak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Remarkable historical detail, shared through a witty and highly engaging writing style.

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Other: Don’t try reading it in one sitting, or you’ll be overwhelmed by the details. Best sip this, one room at a time.

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"Open your refrigerator door and you summon forth more light than the total amount enjoyed by most households in the eighteenth century."

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