Annotations for At Home : A Short History of Private Life

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 (

Random House, Inc.
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.