National bestseller At Home is Bill Brysonâs epic chronicle of domestic history. In this handsome new edition, his riveting room-by-room journey of discovery around his houseâa Victorian parsonage in southern Englandâis 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 youâve finished this book, you will see your houseâand your daily lifeâin a new and revelatory light.
Â Â Â Â In Bill Brysonâs 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 toiletsâand the brilliant, creative, and often eccentric minds behind themâBryson 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.
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