Bill Bryson's "At Home"
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Illustrated Edition. Hardcover, with dust jacket, very gently used.
A fascinating history of the modern home, richly illustrated with more than three hundred images. Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house -- a Victorian parsonage in southern England -- and uses each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. 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.