At Home by
Call Number: GT165.5 .B79 2010
Publication Date: 2011-10-04
In At Home, Bill Bryson turns his attention to the places we live, and how they have evolved over time. As he says in the introduction, "we are so used to having a lot of comfort in our lives - to being clear, warm, and well fed - that we forget how recent most of that is." What follow are whole chapters devoted to different rooms. He describes the development of house elements, from the hall, which was originally the entire house (just one large room), to the stairs, which are the most dangerous part of the house, and require very precise design to be safe and comfortable. If you want to learn about the development and historical uses of other areas of the home such as the dining room, cellar, or any other part of the house, this is the book for you.
Julia Wentz, Former Director of the Law Library