At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. A couple of days ago I finished “At home”. At first I was not so willing to commit myself to an almost 600 pages book, but I like Bryson, so I said, ‘ok, let’s give it a try’. This book is about the history of everything around us: things in your home and your house itself. This book is about our behaviors and about how the relationship between we and  our stuff  has changed over the past centuries. We all take for granted to have a place to crash after a long day of work or to relax during a lazy weekend, but house/apartments/studios/ etc have evolved through history, and Bryson take us by the hand to explain why construction materials (timber/bricks/concrete/etc) are interesting or how the invention of cotton mills changed the history for good or for bad. In many respects this is a fantastic reading.

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