At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Bryson sets out to write a history of the home after being inspired by his Victorian parsonage and discovers that the history of the home incorporates the history of just about everything else.
My Impression: Wow this book is dense with information and I mean that in both a positive way and a negative way I loved the concept and the format as Bryson goes room by room discussing it's origin and important aspects. The writing is truly Bryson at his best - informative with little bits of humor here and there but without feeling like he's trying to hard. That being said - Wow there's a lot of information in this book. Some of it is fascinating - like where the phrases "Room and Board" and "Make the Bed" come from but some of it makes my eyes cross. If you're curious about how people have lived throughout history this is a great book. He is even in his coverage of all types of homes and all levels of income. I do wish he had stuck to one country instead of jumping back and forth from the UK to the US as it can be a little confusing.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes especially if it's another book like this or Walk in the Woods (which is great and very funny)
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, though this book reminded me why I tend to pick paperback over hardcover as it was a bit unwieldy. If you're interested in how our homes came to be then definitely pick this up. Just expect a LOT of information.