At Home by Bill Bryson audiobook

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

By Bill Bryson
Read by Bill Bryson

Random House Audio
16.55 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780307707505

From one of the most beloved authors of our  time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. “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. 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 exposi­tion imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

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Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction

Selected for the October 2010 Indie Next List

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

From one of the most beloved authors of our  time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

“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.

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 exposi­tion imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fans of Bryson’s previous works will be pleased, as will those who enjoy their nonfiction with a fun, witty edge.” Library Journal
“There are many guilty pleasures, from Bryson’s droll prose…to the many tantalizing glimpses behind closed doors at aristocratic English country houses. In demonstrating how everything we take for granted, from comfortable furniture to smoke-free air, went from unimaginable luxury to humdrum routine, Bryson shows us how odd and improbable our own lives really are.” Publishers Weekly
“It takes a very particular kind of thoughtfulness, as well as a bold temperament, to stuff all this research into a mattress that’s supportive enough to loll about on while pondering the real subject of this book—the development of the modern world…Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious…[His] enthusiasm brightens any dull corner.” New York Times Book Review
“Delightful…Considering our homes means a dash through history, politics, science, sex, and dozens of other fields.  If this book doesn’t supply you with five years’ worth of dinner conversation, you’re not paying attention.” People
“A delightful stroll through the history of domestic life…In a sense, Bryson’s book is a history of ‘getting comfortable slowly’…Informative, readable and great fun.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Kathryn 9/13/2017
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Great Read!

This is the best book of irrelevant facts I have ever read, and my first Bill Bryson read. He has a wonderful explanation for the most mundane artifacts in the kitchen and brings to life the history- as to why it's there.

The narration seems to run quickly through sections that can reasonably be described as a laundry-list-of-facts. Or maybe it just seemed like the narration quickened because I found it difficult to concentrate on those bits.

I haven't finished it yet, but so far so good!

Author

Author Bio: Bill Bryson

Author Bio: Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is the New York Times bestselling author of At HomeA Walk in the WoodsThe Lost ContinentMade in AmericaThe Mother Tongue, A Short History of Nearly Everything—winner of the Aventis Prize—and various other works. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he now lives in England, where he has worked for both the Times and Independent and written for most other major British and American publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 16.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English