At Home: A Short History of Private Life
We are brought into Bryson’s attic. This house was built in 1851 by Mr. Marsham, the local rector. Bryson uses the rooms of this house as a framework. He proceeds to entertain the reader with seemingly random minutiae from the Victoria age. This is one of Bryson’s best books. The reader jumps from laughing out loud to being horrified. Bryson has an eccentric but charming way of writing, and like Suzanne I can recommend this book to anyone- it is full of anecdotes, historical tidbits, excursions, diversions, and useless facts.