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At Home

A Short History of Private Life
Bryson, Bill (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Bryson, Bill
Title: At home
a short history of private life
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 497 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Bryson
Notes: Floor plans on end papers
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
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780767919388
0767919386
Branch Call Number: 643.1 B9166a 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [455]-475) and index
Subject Headings: Social evolution Europe Social life and customs Dwellings History Rooms History
Topical Term: Social evolution
Dwellings
Rooms
LCCN: 2010004008
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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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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.

Jun 27, 2012
  • cfried rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This may be one of my favorite books ever. I love to read history books, but they tend to be redundant and bland. In typical Bill Bryson style he takes a potentially boring subject and makes it accessible and interesting. This book is so witty and does an excellent job of covering such a wide range of time and topic.

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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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Bill Bryson discussing his new book At Home

In "At Home", Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made "A Short History of Nearly Everything" one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable. And that most of the key discoveries for humankind can be found in the very fabric of the houses in which we live.

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