Saturday, November 6, 2010

(152) At Home by Bill Bryson

Don't stone me, but At Home was the very first Bill Bryson book that I have ever read. Between working at the bookstore and the blogosphere, I know that I am missing out so I was committed to reading At Home as soon as I read the synopsis.

I think I have shared with you in the past that I have an obsession with HGTV. So to find a book about the history of "home". Well I put my name on the list immediately.

I enjoyed Mr. Bryson's anecdotal tales of rather random mundane items we find around the home. At times the randomness extended out of the home. Like to the Eiffel tower. From tales of how the term "bakers dozen" was coined to the history of mousetraps. I guess calling it "random" would be a bit of an understatement.

Honestly, I did not see the "humor" that so many have told me is found in all of Bryson's works, but for the most part I did enjoy At Home. Parts of it were a bit dry that I just skimmed over, but other parts had me so enthralled, I was excited to see what he was going to move on to next. Overall, I would say that At Home is a good book for history buffs and HGTV enthusiasts alike.

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