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If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley
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Jul 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: natural-world, non-fiction, wealthy-circles, history
Read from June 28 to July 03, 2012

Not having read Bill Bryson's At Home, I am nevertheless aware of his history of the home as one of the leading histories on that subject. I was interested when I saw this book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble, was Worsley just ripping Bryson off? Well, yes and no. It is a similar idea, but as the author is British curator of historic places, her viewpoint is somewhat different than Bryson. Most of the improvements Worsley discusses are about Britain and the Royal families from Tudor to present. That said I think that Worsley creates a narrative text that is really easy to read and instead of going into lots of detail about minutia, she focuses on four specific areas of the home and the things that people really want to know but never would learn in history class. For example, how did people have sex in the past in the home? Go to the bathroom? I guess the best way to describe this book is that its sort of like a tabloid version of the history of the home.

I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to people who aren't big non fiction buffs because it is really simple, up-front writing. It's not a big book, and it goes by very quickly and can easily be picked up and put down for other pleasure reading in between.
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