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At Home by Bill Bryson
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Nov 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history, 21st-century

This should really be called 'A Short History of Things I Find Interesting, Loosely Held Together By the Conceit of Looking At Different Rooms of my House'. Not so snappy, perhaps, but more accurate. This is not a history of private life (more than anything it is a history of architecture, and inventions) and it is supremely unfocused, meandering about from topic to topic like a tipsy academic. That's not to say that it isn't very entertaining, and crammed with interesting snippets of information, but it doesn't quite do what it says on the tin. I enjoyed it a lot, though.

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