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

Homo sapiens has evolved some complex needs since the Stone Age, when all man needed was a cave over his head. By contrast, we of the latest model need separate rooms for cooking, eating, sleeping, bathing, relaxing, and—the list goes on. Bill Bryson believes that the whole history of civilization can be told by tracing the additions to, partitions of, and changes in material utilized for the original dwelling space. It’s impossible to read any Bryson book  without hoping it will never end, and AT HOME (Doubleday, $28.95) is his best work yet. As author-host, he amicably leads us through all the new domestic spaces our species has devised on our journey from Stone-Age survival to more recent demands for comfort, health, privacy, entertainment, etc.  As food required more preparation, cooking, and storage, the kitchen developed; with greater consciousness of hygiene, bathrooms came along; a sense of privacy required more doors.  Never has a house seemed as alive as when Bryson starts deconstructing it.

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ISBN: 9780767919395
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Published: Anchor - October 4th, 2011