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At Home by Bill Bryson
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Dec 21, 2011

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Or this could be a short social history of the UK and the USA with paticular reference to anywhere that the author has lived which can conceivably be shoe-horned into the book. In this book, carefully divided into the rooms of Mr Bryson's mansion, expect the unexpected. In a chapter entitled The sitting room - do not be be surprised to hear about the battle of Little Bighorn, General Custer's family tree and Big Chief Sitting Bull's private life. I would suggest never asking Mr Bryson for directions, you would be sent the most circuitious route possible. I'll give him that it would be an interesting journey and you would encounter more than a few choice japes and interesting stories along the way. The book is merely a vehicle for this.
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