Wednesday, December 8, 2010

At Home - Bill Bryson - Review and Giveaway

Subtitled: A Short History of Private Life.

I'm a long time fan of Bill Bryson. I jumped at the chance to read his newest book At Home.

The premise for the book was fascinating. Bryson lives in a Victorian parsonage in a quiet part of England. He decided to go room by room and write about the history and impact on personal lives. So, for example the bedroom investigates sex, death, sleep, the bathroom - hygiene, the nursery- children's lives, the kitchen provides a wealth of subject matter. Indeed Bryson covers 17 different areas of his home, including the attic, stairs, the fuse box, the garden and many more. But if you think it's just household minutiae, you're mistaken. The narrative begins in the house buts slips out on tangents to encompass a much broader picture and then comes back full circle.

I loved At Home. It's not a book to be devoured, but rather slowly sipped and enjoyed. Bryson's investigative skills combined with his talent for turning those facts into absolutely captivating anecdotes made this a truly enjoyable read. I love British history and At Home was an entertaining account told in a totally unique manner.
 
Read an excerpt of At Home.
 
Two lucky readers will win a copy of At Home for their home, courtesy of Doubleday Publishing. Simply comment to be entered. Open to the US only, no PO boxes please. Ends Jan 2/11 at 6 pm EST.

65 comments:

Chris said...

Have enjoyed "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and "A Walk in the Woods" - he's always funny and his observations are right on target. Would love to read this new book!

Linda said...

This sounds like a very unique kind of book, and like you I love British history. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Lou Belcher said...

Thanks for the tip. I Love Bill Bryson. This book is a must read.

carolsnotebook said...

I haven't read anything by Bryson, but have had him on my to-read list for a while. This sounds good.

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debbie said...

I would love to read this, I think it sounds really interesting.
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Patti V. said...

It sounds great. I love Bill Bryson - he's from my hometown!

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I would love to read At Home :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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a real librarian said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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Mystica said...

Don't count me in as I am overseas.

Just wanted to say I have a giveaway on my blog - a gift card sponsored by CSN Stores. Please do enter!

Laura C. said...

I really want to read this book. Hope I win!

Laura C. said...

I suppose I should leave my email.

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Colleen Turner said...

This sounds wonderful! Please include me.
Thanks,
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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, doll. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

gcpeach17 said...

I do not believe I have ever read one of his books, but, from the excerpt I read and your description, it sounds like something I would enjoy reading! Count me in!

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I would love to read this!

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shanaelyse said...

I'd love to read Bill Bryson--he seems to be really astute in his observations.

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sharon54220 said...

I have not had the opportunity to read any Bill Bryson books yet, but I've had this book on my radar for quite awhile.

Thanks for the chance

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Mary said...

I love Bill Bryson! Great giveaway :)

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Amber said...

I would love to win please!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Bani said...

Haven't read Bill Bryson yet but I've heard good things about him. This would be a good time to try out his works.

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Angie said...

This book sounds like fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

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CEB said...

I discovered Bryson with "A Walk in the Woods," and then went on to read almost everything else of his. I'd love to read this, too.

bermudaonion said...

I really enjoy Bryson's work - his observations really make me think.

Renee G said...

This sounds like a fascinating book.
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Nicole C. said...

I would love to read this book.

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vmkids said...

count me in to win

Ruthie said...

This sounds so interesting...please enter me, thanks.

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Meredith said...

I haven't read anything by Bryson, but this sounds good!

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krstrpp said...

I loved Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods." Thanks for the chance to win a copy of his latest! (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

Kylie said...

I love Bill Bryson's writing style! Thanks for the giveaway. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

Becca said...

Sounds interesting, thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

nicole s said...

Sounds llike a great read! Please enter me to win this book!
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rubynreba said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. Please enter me. Thanks!
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Nancye said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the chance.

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Nancy said...

I haven't read a book by Bill Bryson in awhile. This sounds like a unique book.

Maureen said...

It looks like such an interesting book.
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1993wel said...

This sounds really interesting! I have enjoyed other Bill Bryson books and would love to have the opportunity to read this one as well.

Susan said...

Love, love, love Bill Bryson! Would be thrilled to win this. Thanks for the chance!

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Tara said...

This sounds like a great book! I've seen this one at the bookstore and was intrigued! Thank you for the giveaway!

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sarah said...

I love Bill Bryson, and I would love to win this new one!
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Heather said...

sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for the giveaway and introducing me to a new (to me) author

ellie said...

I love Bill Bryson and haven't read this yet. Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Nickolay said...

This sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for the chance

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karenk said...

i'm interested in reading this book...thanks for the chance :)

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Andria said...

It sound really good. I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I hope i win

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tallcapp said...

I adore Bill Bryson. Ever since I read a Walk in the Woods many years ago, I make sure to read all of his new ones.

lisaray said...

I've read everything I have been abble to find of Bryson's. I'd surely love to win this book.

lezanac said...

I have not read any of his previous books but would love the chance to try this one out lezanac@yahoo.com

Colengal said...

I liked "into the woods" very much and appreciate Bryson's writing style. I look forward to reading this book.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting book.
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Nancy said...

I love Bryson's work. He has such a slight humor and intelligence to his writing which is great!

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TaraB12 said...

I love Bill Bryson and would love to read this one!

Cynthya said...

Bill Bryson is one of my favorite authors. I especially loved A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country.

susansmoaks said...

i would love to win
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Joanne Gregory said...

LOVE Bill Bryson!

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Candie L said...

Sounds like a cool book. Thank you

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susan1215 said...

Sounds like a good book

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kngmckellar said...

I never heard of Bill Bryson but would like to read this! Thanks for entering me!

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dvice12 said...

This would be great

Betty C said...

I haven't read anything of his yet but it sounds like the kind of book I really would enjoy.

Heather said...

Sounds interesting. I would shudder to think what he'd write about my garage. lol
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Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book!

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Atreau said...

This sounds like a great book!