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At Home by Bill Bryson
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Dec 27, 10

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Read in December, 2010

This is Bill Bryson so you know what to expect: smooth, lightly flowing prose punctuated by the droll anecdote. Since I've been reading a lot of material culture/decorative arts/landscape history books ever since college, there was nothing new for me here. I also was surprised that a book about the evolution of the house and concept of the home would have so little about women. O.K., men were identified as the architects, engineers, and tinkerers for much of history, but women were the prime inhabitants of the "private" sphere. There's a fair amount of primary source material out there written by women about their domestic arrangements. We should have heard more. Nonetheless, many patrons will respond to the book's informative and entertaining style, and mad props to Mr. Bryson for giving Joseph Paxton and the Chrystal Palace their due.
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J I also was surprised that a book about the evolution of the house and concept of the home would have so little about women.

Good on yer for calling that out!


andalucy Yes, I thought the same. Where are the women??


Kathy hear, hear! I was wondering if anybody else had noticed that besides me. I found it infuriating actually.


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