Thursday, January 17, 2013

At Home

At Home
by Bill Bryson [643.1 Bry]

At Home is a general history book centered on the author's home; each chapter is based on one room. The book has a tendency to go into the histories of things that you wouldn't necessarily expect, but are interesting none the less. You read about staircases, electricity, sewage systems, gardens, plague, architecture, the spice trade, physician practices, what people used to wear and how they washed them. It may seem a rather random collection of history, but as the author points out more history ends up in our homes that we realize. If you are in anyway inclined to learn a little bit about a variety of topics then this book is perfect, because even in the same chapter you are on a different topic every ten pages or so. -- recommended by Kristen A. - Gere Branch Library

[Also available in downloadable audio, book-on-cd, downloadable E-book and Large Print formats.]

[ Publisher's official Bill Bryson web page ]

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