At Home: A Short History of Private Life - Bill Bryson

Category: Adults, Bestsellers, History, Humor

"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 figured 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.

At Home - Part 01

At Home - Part 02

At Home - Part 03

At Home - Part 04

At Home - Part 05

At Home - Part 06

At Home - Part 07

At Home - Part 08

At Home - Part 09

At Home - Part 10

At Home - Part 11

At Home - Part 12

At Home - Part 13