I've heard great things about Bill Bryson from so many book bloggers that I know I have to check him out. And I will, soon, in the form of his newest book, At Home: A Short History of Private Life.
But I have two copies of the book to give away in the meantime so if you're interested in this book as I was.
Here's what the publisher says it's about:
“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has fig ured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposi tion imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.
And here's what Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings says:
there is enough fascinating history…not dry history, but history come alive…in At Home that one could use it as a map for a lifetime of marvelous reading or simply devour it glutinously as I did.
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Monday, November 1, 2010
Posted by Amy at 12:00 AM
Giveaway: At Home by Bill Bryson