2010: 93. At Home

"Some time after my wife and I moved into a former Church of England rectory in a village of tranquil anonymity in Norfolk, in the easternmost part of England, I had occasion to go up into the attic to look for the source of a slow but mysterious drip."

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

        I loved this book.  I love Bill Bryson, anyway, and this one is right exactly the kind of book I like best - a nonfiction book that just tells you interesting stories about things.  The premise here is that he is telling us the history of the home, going room by room to teach us about our dwelling places and why we live the way we do, and he does do that, but he also takes the opportunity to tell a bunch of interesting stories that are only tangentially related to his framework.  And it is all interesting and funny and Bryson-esque, and even though its sort of long I found it un-put-downable.  In fact, I like this new Bryson, who just writes about things that interest him even more than I liked travel writing Bryson (though the Lost Continent is still one of the few books I ever read that made me laugh out loud).  And every time I fall down the stairs (which, actually I’ve done twice since I finished this) for the rest of my life I will think of his section on how most stairs are not properly engineered.  So I learned something, too. 

Categories:  Non-Fiction; Library Book

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