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At Home: A short history of private life (Bryson) Hardcover – 27 May 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 529 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First U. S. Edition First Printing edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385608276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385608275
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 529 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A work of constant delight and discovery. Bryson's wit is both dry and charmingly goofy. His great skill is to make daily life simultaneously strange and familiar, and in so doing, help us to recognise ourselves. At Home is a treasure: don't leave home without it." (Judith Flanders Sunday Telegraph)

"Enchanting...a book about reinventing the ordinary, and finding the extraordinary in the humdrum business of living...Bryson tackled science in his brilliant A Short History of Nearly Everything. This new book could as easily be categorised as 'a short history of nearly everything else'...extraordinarily entertaining." (Antonia Senior The Times)

"The much-loved writer takes the attention to detail that made A Short History of Nearly Everything such a fantastic guide to all things science, and applies it to our homes. Written in his laid-back style, this is a wonderful celebration of what makes a house a home." (News of the World)

"Quite as ambitious as his A Short History of Nearly Everything. This is a genuinely compelling book...a kind of layman's encyclopaedia full of 'did you know' moments...This companionable volume is as dense as a rich fruit cake and, by the same measure, rewarding, too." (Country Life)

"A charming read that blends scholarship with warm writing and provides an endless source of banter for dinner parties." (Good Housekeeping)

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'A work of constant delight and discovery...His great skill is to make daily life simultaneously strange and familiar, and in so doing, help us to recognise ourselves. A treasure: don't leave home without it.' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'Enchanting ... Bryson tackled science in his brilliant A Short History of Nearly Everything. This new book could as easily be categorised as 'a short history of nearly everything else' ... extraordinarily entertaining.' (The Times) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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