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BILL BRYSON s books include "A Walk in the Woods," "I m a Stranger Here Myself," "In a Sunburned Country," "Bryson s Book of Troublesome Words," "A Short History of Nearly Everything "(which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid," and "Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors." Bryson lives in England with his wife and children."
PRAISE FOR "AT HOME: A Short History of Private Life" ..".a delightful stroll through the history of domestic life. Now living in a 19th-century church rectory in Norfolk, England, the author decided to learn about the ordinary things of life by exploring each room in his house.... In a sense, Bryson s book is a history of getting comfortable slowly..".. Informative, readable and great fun." "Kirkus Reviews" (starred) "[D]elightful.... Considering our homes means a dash through history, politics, science, sex, and dozens of other fields. If this book doesn't supply you with five years' worth of dinner conversation, you're not paying attention." "PEOPLE magazine ""Fascinating.... Join this ambiable tour guide as he wanders through his house, a former rectory built in 1851 in a tranquil English village.... [It] takes a very particular kind of thoughtfulness, as well as a bold temperament, to stuff all this research into a mattress that's supportive enough to loll about on while pondering the real subject of this book -- the development of the modern world.... Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious...[his] enthusiasm brightens any dull corner.... You'll be given a delightful smattering of information about everything but...the kitchen sink." Dominique Browning, "The New York Times Book Review""