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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

de Bill Bryson

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Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.
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    The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed de Judith Flanders (digifish_books, Booksloth)
    digifish_books: A more detailed room-by-room consideration of domestic life in Victorian Britain
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything de Bill Bryson (petterw)
    petterw: Same style, same author, same enthusiasm, same fun
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    Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times de Lucy Lethbridge (fannyprice)
    fannyprice: Bryson's discussion of the development of the home from a more open, collaborative space to a warren of special-purpose rooms as the concept of "privacy" became more important dovetails nicely with Lethbridge's discussion of the increasing physical separation between servants and the served in 18th and 19th century British homes.… (més)
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    Schott's Original Miscellany de Ben Schott (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: Bryson likes to wander from one topic to another, and toss in bits of trivia and history. Schott's Miscellany is a fascinating collection of trivia without the attempt to thread it together.
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    Home; a Short History of an Idea de Witold Rybczynski (liao)
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    Nails, Noggins and Newels: An Alternative History of Every House de Bill Laws (meggyweg)
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    How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World de Steven Johnson (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: Both books address some of the same technological advances, such as refrigeration and electricity and artificial light, for a popular audience.
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    The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design de Roman Mars (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: What Bryson does for the home, taking it one room at a time and looking at how we got where we are, Mars & Kohlstedt do for cities and infrastructure.
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    Rain: A Natural and Cultural History de Cynthia Barnett (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Tangential histories of commonplace things.
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    If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home de Lucy Worsley (Booksloth)
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    In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life de James Deetz (Othemts)
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    House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live de Winifred Gallagher (jcbrunner)
    jcbrunner: Adds the developments of the 20th century to Bryson's story (from a US point of view).
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    Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant de Jeremy Musson (meggyweg)
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    The Archaeology of Home: An Epic Set on a Thousand Square Feet of the Lower East Side de Katharine Greider (Othemts)
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    How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built de Stewart Brand (Othemts)
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    London 1849: A Victorian Murder Story de Michael Alpert (meggyweg)
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Bill Bryson's look at the history of the home reveals a so many things -- a long term view of that most intimate place, a new angle on history, and a multitude of facts, stories, and really interesting tidbits. He ranges over swathes of the history of things, much of it obscure and some of it startling. Like most Bryson books, it is a delightful read, luring you on to take in just one more chapter. ( )
  annbury | May 29, 2022 |
I am probably missing a lot of interesting information and important historical facts about everyday living by not finishing this book, but it was just too much. I liked the book and skipped around to different parts, but couldn't read it all the way thru. ( )
  patsyjean | Feb 26, 2022 |
Lots of good interesting tidbits. But that was really all there was; interesting tidbits ( )
  smbass | Jan 30, 2022 |
British author Bill Bryson's enthusiasm for history is contagious and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to At Home - A Short History of Private Life.

In this offering, Bryson looks at the history of private life by breaking down our domestic lives and examining them through the lens of the rooms contained within the Victorian parsonage in which he lives.

Read by the author in his instantly recognisable delivery (now a favourite audiobook narrator alongside Hugh Mackay and David Sedaris) the book contains 19 chapters including: The Study, The Attic, The Bedroom, The Scullery and Larder, and The Nursery to name a few.

My favourite chapter by far was The Stairs, as I'm fascinated by just how dangerous and deadly the stairs were in households. The stairs used by servants and domestic staff were steep, cramped, and often included steps of uneven height. This was a disaster waiting to happen for staff rushing up and down stairs countless times a day, and was the cause of many accidents and deaths.

The role of clergy and their subsequent decline was interesting, although Bryson seemed to deviate from his own structure on occasion to expound on other tangential topics of interest. Finding the majority of the content presented interesting, I didn't mind this at all, however some readers might.

Informative, educational and entertaining, I can highly recommend At Home - A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson and will check out more of his works in the future. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Jan 7, 2022 |
Bryson's history of everyday life has his trademark charm and seeming effortlessness. Greatly enjoyed it, and recommend it as a bracing dose of anti-nostalgia. On balance the good old days were always more nasty, brutish and short than the present. ( )
  AlexThurman | Dec 26, 2021 |
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“At Home” is baggy, loose-jointed and genial. It moves along at a vigorously restless pace, with the energy of a Labrador retriever off the leash, racing up to each person it encounters, pawing and sniffing and barking at every fragrant thing, plunging into icy waters only to dash off again, invigorated. You do, somehow, maintain forward momentum and eventually get to the end. Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious.
 
Bryson is certainly famous enough to have got away with a far less bulging compendium. Instead, on our behalf, he’s been through those hundreds of books (508 according to the bibliography) some of which even the most assiduous readers among us might never have got around to: Jacques Gelis’s History of Childbirth: Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern Europe, say, or John A Templer’s The Staircase: Studies of Hazards, Falls and Safer Designs. He’s then extracted their most arresting material and turned the result into a book that, for all its winning randomness, is not just hugely readable but a genuine page-turner — mainly because you can’t wait to see what you’ll find out next.
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Bryson, BillNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Collica, MichaelDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Some time after we moved into a former Church of England rectory in a village of tranquil anonymity in Norfolk, I had occasion to go up into the attic to look for the source of a slow but mysterious drip.
Chapter I
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In the autumn of 1850, in Hyde Park in London, there arose a most extraordinary structure: a giant iron-and-glass greenhouse covering nineteen acres of ground and containing within its airy vastness enough room for four St. Paul's Cathedrals.
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Jane Loudon published "Gardening for Ladies" in 1841. It was the first book to encourage women of elevated classes to get their hands dirty and even to take on a faint glow of perspiration. It bravely insisted that women could manage gardening independent of male supervision if they simply observed a few sensible precautions - working steadily but not too vigorously, using only light tools, never standing on damp ground because of the unhealthy emanations that would rise up though their skirts.
We are so used to having a lot of comfort in our lives—to being clean, warm, and well fed—that we forget how recent most of that is.
If I had to summarize it in a sentence, you could say that the history of private life is a history of getting comfortable slowly.
Not until 1954 was the work complete. Nearly two hundred years after Jefferson started on it, Monticello was finally the house he had intended it to be.
We now come to the most dangerous part of the house—in fact, one of the most hazardous environments anywhere: the stairs.
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