At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
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.
A Short History of Nearly Everything Summary & Study Guide
Rate this book. Buy This Book. The ultimate journey to discover how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since. Bill Bryson is one of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers. It's a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.
A Short History of Nearly Everything | Study Guide. Chapter Summaries Chart. The chapter begins with a discussion of the creation of the universe with the sudden expansion of an infinitesimally com.
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Talking Science: - Bill Bryson on A Short History of Nearly Everything
Read in: 4 minutes Favorite quote from the author:. The depth of the ocean and the mysterious, alien-like creatures that live down there? The genetic makeup of all of the species around us? At least as much as we know. Bill Bryson has done a tremendous job at it. If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want. Download PDF.