At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Bill Bryson
With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.


Reviewed: 2021-10-04

-Definitely an entertaining book.

-he does a great job of telling history with stories rather than boring dates and facts

-Great insight to what living would be like in all different time periods

-makes you very grateful for all of the luxeries we have in todays world

-so much disease and filth


Reviewed: 2016-12-28

Brilliantly written, Bill Bryson tells you the history behind every object within a standard modern home, including the home itself. His writing ability makes each exploration fascinating.

Item Posts
@iebest began #athomeashorthist... on 2019-03-02
@taylorabranson completed #athomeashorthist... on 2014-05-12
@taylorabranson began #athomeashorthist... on 2014-03-24
@ellenmiller completed #athomeashorthist... on 2012-10-25