Saturday, May 14, 2011

At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson

Bryson takes each room in his 19th century rectory in Norfolk, England, as the jumping off point for a series of expositions on things he finds interesting.  Poor houses, the architecture of homes, dining habits, infestations of vermin, dress, furnishings, Otzi the Iceman, and a million other topics that sometimes do and sometimes don't link to his theme and timeframe.  He's a witty writer, and his stories were mostly pretty interesting.

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