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I would actually rate this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. The subtitle for this book is "A Short History of Private Life". Chapters are broken down (for the most part) by the names of the rooms in Bryson's home.

Within each chapter, we are given a history of what used to occur in each room and how life has evolved and the "roles" of these rooms has changed. Having said this, some chapters were more interesting than others. The chapters that I found most interesting were the introduction where
I quite enjoyed this book, and learned a lot of interesting - - if not particularly useful - - facts! Example: that whole thing about back when corsets were big that ladies had ribs surgically removed to decrease their waistline is a myth. Apparently the surgeons of that time wouldn't have been able to do that, plus there is no documented case of it. Lots of other stuff makes me very very glad I was born in these times and not back a hundred years ago or so.

I like the way the book was arranged
Angela Alcorn
Once again, Bryson has managed to fill a book with amazing trivia that keeps you learning and wanting more. It's utterly compelling, fascinating and brilliant.
Another solid, entertaining and enlightening contribution from Bryson.
Mar 13, 2012 Mmars marked it as to-read
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