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At Home by Bill Bryson
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Jan 09, 2011

really liked it
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This book feels like Bryson read many interesting books about American household inventions (notably those created by Thomas Jefferson) and decided to string the more amusing anecdotes into a book by exploring each room of his house. While it proved interesting and certainly provided information as diverse as the history of the light bulb and the history of vitamins, it felt like Bryson made only vague attempts to link all this back to his house. Not Bryson's strongest work by any means, but contains useful and entertaining trivia.

Note: I've now re-read this and think it's brilliant. I perhaps read it too fast the first time. Bryson's humour shines through wonderfully and the anecdotes and details provided and stunning.

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