At Home

At Home

A Short History of Private Life

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From one of our most beloved authors, a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home—now richly illustrated with more than three hundred images.

National bestseller At Home is Bill Bryson’s epic chronicle of domestic history. In this handsome new edition, his riveting room-by-room journey of discovery around his house—a Victorian parsonage in southern England—is enhanced by more than three hundred carefully curated illustrations, the large majority
of them in full color. As he did in the hugely successful A 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.
     In Bill Bryson’s hands, the bathroom provides the occasion for the history of hygiene; the bedroom for an account of sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen for a discussion of nutrition and the spice trade. From architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the telephone to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets—and the brilliant, creative, and often eccentric minds behind them—Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world ends up in our houses, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.

Baker & Taylor
A hardcover rerelease now with more than 200 color illustrations. Traces the history gleaned by the author from his home in a Victorian England parsonage, documenting how the various rooms where he lives reflect key developments in areas ranging from cooking and hygiene to design and trade. By the award-winning author of A Short History of Nearly Everything.

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From the bedroom and the nursery to the scullery, the cellar, and the garden, each room in the author's home, a former Victorian church rectory in Norfolk, England, provides inspiration for this exploration of how societal, medical, and technological changes have affected British households over the last 150 years. While focusing on the Victorian period, the author also goes father back to explain innovations in household amenities such as gas and plumbing, as well as the evolution of standards in sanitation, childcare, and food storage and preparation. This illustrated edition contains a wealth of color and b Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Explores the ways in which homes reflect history, from a bathroom's revelations about medicine and hygiene to a kitchen's exposure of the stories of trade and nutrition.
"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"--

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2013
Edition: Special illustrated edition
ISBN: 9780385537285
038553728X
Branch Call Number: 392.36 B848a
Characteristics: 553 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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ArapahoeMarieC Jul 26, 2018

I am a big fan of Bill Bryson's writing and enjoyed this book. After reading this book, I have become fixated with the Crystal Palace and Capability Brown!!!

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ArapahoeLib_Marie
Jul 17, 2018

I am a big fan of Bill Bryson's writing and enjoyed this book. After reading this book, I have become fixated with the Crystal Palace and Capability Brown!!!

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genkidata
Mar 28, 2018

Bill Bryson's 'At Home' title is not as simple as it sounds. Industry surrounds us where and how we have ever lived. My favorite chapter is "The Fuse Box" which chronicles whaling to drilling oil to electricity. Try reading this less than 10x.

SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

Trust Bill Bryson to write his most wide-ranging book yet without leaving home. Framed as an exploration of his 1851 British parsonage, this fascinating history delves into the astonishing stories behind each room of a house and its contents. What's most astonishing is how commonplace amenities like cushions and adequate lighting were once revolutionary luxuries. Readers will gain newfound appreciation for the astonishingly recent concept of being comfortable at home.

SPL_Michelle Jun 01, 2017

Bill Bryson takes the reader on a marvelous journey, exploring the history of everyday objects "At Home."

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vv9
Mar 12, 2016

This is a fact-filled walk through the author's home, an 1800's parsonage modeled after british buildings of the time. How does Bryson do it? There are so many trivial history factoids, you wonder where the heck he researches everything. Or does he?

Love Bryson. Favorite book of his: A Walk in the Woods. That book is hysterical. Bryson is smart and funny, I believe. This book...meh. He writes so well that it's difficult for me to withhold the stars.

Recommended for New England residents living in old rectories, or anyone in the market for the same.

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ryner
Feb 08, 2016

Bill Bryson, author of fascinating works on the English language, as well as a number of humorous travel and adventure tales, invites the reader in At Home to join him on a journey through the various rooms found in his home in the Norfolk countryside in England. In each, we learn how the space originated, the history of the items found within it, and how its usage changed throughout history.
If you enjoy Bill Bryson, you will also love this. In fact, Bill Bryson ought to be writing textbooks for all manner of subjects generally considered boring. I read the illustrated edition, which quickly surpassed my expectations, and was an experience I did not wish to end.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 22, 2014

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.

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jazpur
Jun 04, 2014

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.

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zipread
Apr 03, 2014

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.

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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

"Throughout many periods of history—perhaps most—it can seem as if the whole impulse of fashion has been to look maximally ridiculous. If one could be maximally uncomfortable as well, the triumph was all the greater."

LudditeLord Dec 30, 2011

"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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LudditeLord Dec 30, 2011

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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