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Title:At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Bill Bryson
Publisher:Doubleday
ISBN:0767919386
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Number of Pages:497
Category:Non fiction, History, Humor, Audiobook

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC At Home: A Short History of Private Life 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 Walk in the Woods

Subtitle Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America majestic mountains silent forests sparking lakes If you re going to take a hike it s probably the place to go And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you ll find He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy or just foolhardy folks he meets along the way and a couple of bears Already a classic i A Walk in the Woods i will make you long for the great outdoors or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in


A Short History of Nearly Everything

In Bryson s biggest book he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and if possible answer the oldest biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us To that end he has attached himself to a host of the world s most advanced and often obsessed archaeologists anthropologists and mathematicians travelling to their offices laboratories and field camps He has read or tried to read their books pestered them with questions apprenticed himself to their powerful minds b A Short History of Nearly Everything b i i is the record of this quest and it is a sometimes profound sometimes funny and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge as only Bill Bryson can render it Science has never been more involving or entertaining


Notes from a Small Island

b Suddenly in the space of a moment I realized what it was that I loved about Britain which is to say all of it b br br After nearly two decades spent on British soil Bill Bryson bestselling author of i The Mother Tongue i and i Made in America i decided to return to the United States I had recently read Bryson writes that million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another so it was clear that my people needed me But before departing he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home br br Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again i Notes from a Small Island i is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings Shakespeare Twiggie Winkie s Farm and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile


In a Sunburned Country

b A CLASSIC FROM THE i NEW YORK TIMES i BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF i ONE SUMMER i b br br Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller i A Walk in the Woods i i In A Sunburned Country i is his report on what he found in an entirely different place Australia the country that doubles as a continent and a place with the friendliest inhabitants the hottest driest weather and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet The result is a deliciously funny fact filled and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor wonder and unflagging curiousity br br Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else including sharks crocodiles snakes even riptides and deserts Bill Bryson adores the place and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful extroverted and unfailingly obliging and these beaming products of land with clean safe cities cold beer and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book Australia is an immense and fortunate land and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide


At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Houses aren t refuges from history They are where history ends up br br 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'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away

After living in Britain for two decades Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children he had read somewhere that nearly million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens as he later put it it was clear my people needed me They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes twenty four hour dental floss hotlines and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item br br Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark I m a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man s attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

b From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language a vivid nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the s br b br Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century in the middle of the United States Des Moines Iowa in the middle of the largest generation in American history the baby boomers As one of the best and funniest writers alive he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all American childhood for carat memoir gold Like millions of his generational peers Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero In his case he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers and morons in his head as The Thunderbolt Kid br br Using this persona as a springboard Bill Bryson re creates the life of his family and his native city in the s in all its transcendent normality a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy It was he reminds us a happy time when automobiles and televisions and appliances not to mention nuclear weapons grew larger and more numerous with each passing year and DDT cigarettes and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family including affectionate portraits of his father a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises and OF his mother whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home The many readers of Bill Bryson s earlier classic i A Walk in the Woods i will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers who apply their scientific skills and can do attitude to gleefully destructive ends br br Warm and laugh out loud funny and full of his inimitable pitch perfect observations i The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid i is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written It will enchant anyone who has ever been young


Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

Bill Bryson s first travel book i The Lost Continent i was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years In i Neither Here nor There i he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack keeps a tight hold on his wallet and journeys from Hammerfest the northernmost town on the continent to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia Fluent in oh at least one language he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before br br Whether braving the homicidal motorist of Paris being robbed by gypsies in Florence attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant window shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen Bryson takes in the sights dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations He even goes to Liechtenstein


The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

I come from Des Moines Somebody had to br br And as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough he left Des Moines couldn t hold him but it did lure him back After ten years in England he returned to the land of his youth and drove almost miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his youth were set Instead his search led him to Anywhere USA a lookalike strip of gas stations motels and hamburger outlets populated by lookalike people with a penchant for synthetic fibres Travelling around thirty eight of the lower states united only in their mind numbingly dreary uniformity he discovered a continent that was doubly lost lost to itself because blighted by greed pollution mobile homes and television lost to him because he had become a stranger in his own land br br The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature hilariously stomach achingly funny yet tinged with heartache and the book that first staked Bill Bryson s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation


One Summer: America, 1927

b A i Chicago Tribune i Noteworthy Book br A GoodReads Reader s Choice br br In i One Summer i Bill Bryson one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life b br br The summer of began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century on May Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet Meanwhile the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record which would culminate on September with his sixtieth blast one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset salesman lover garroted her husband leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation Alvin Shipwreck Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark New Jersey for twelve days a new record The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin a great human disaster the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption The first true talking picture Al Jolson s i The Jazz Singer i was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression br All this and much much more transpired in that epochal summer of and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities exciting events and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness eye for telling detail and delicious humor In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event and i One Summer i transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, One Summer: America, 1927, Notes from a Small Island, A Short History of Nearly Everything, I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away, In a Sunburned Country