|Book Name:||At Home: A Short History of Private Life|
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From one of the most popular authors of our time comes a fascinating look at the past of the place we call home. “Houses aren’t places to hide from the past. They are the end of history.” Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where, since the Romans left, nothing important has happened. But one day, he started to think about how little he knew about the everyday things he saw around him in that nice home. So, he came up with the idea that he could go from room to room in his house and “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom is a good place to talk about the history of hygiene. The bedroom is an excellent place to discuss sex, death, and sleep. The kitchen is a good place to discuss food and the spice trade. He shows how everything that goes on in the world ends up in our house, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every other piece of furniture. Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest and most curious minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning a fact that seems random or boring into a chance for the most entertaining explanation you can imagine. At Home is one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life because it is funny and well-written.
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Author(s): Bill Bryson
Publisher: Doubleday, Year: 2010