I was fortunate to receive an ARC of At Home by Bill Bryson, and while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it enough to keep it, so I'm giving it away to a lucky reader.
“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”My 4 star review.
Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
I have to limit this one to the US only. I apologize, international bloggers.
Winners will be chosen using random.org and will have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Contest ends at midnight EST Saturday, February 4, 2012. Just fill out the form below to enter!
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