Williamsburg Book Club

On November 10, 2012, at 7 p.m., we'll meet (before going home for Thanksgiving) to discuss Bill Bryson's book, "At Home".  According to Amazon.com:

"Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything) turns his attention from science to society in his authoritative history of domesticity, At Home: A Short History of Private Life. While walking through his own home, a former Church of England rectory built in the 19th century, Bryson reconstructs the fascinating history of the household, room by room. With waggish humor and a knack for unearthing the extraordinary stories behind the seemingly commonplace, he examines how everyday items--things like ice, cookbooks, glass windows, and salt and pepper--transformed the way people lived, and how houses evolved around these new commodities. "Houses are really quite odd things," Bryson writes, and, luckily for us, he is a writer who thrives on oddities. He gracefully draws connections between an eclectic array of events that have affected home life, covering everything from the relationship between cholera outbreaks and modern landscaping, to toxic makeup, highly flammable hoopskirts, and other unexpected hazards of fashion. Fans of Bryson's travel writing will find plenty to love here; his keen eye for detail and delightfully wry wit emerge in the most unlikely places, making At Home an engrossing journey through history, without ever leaving the house."

Come join us as we discuss the comforts and peculiarities of home with some friends, and with treats!

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  • Susan M.

    Sorry I couldn't make it. I'm enjoying this book!

    November 11, 2012

    • Bob P.

      Hopefully you can join us in December for East of Eden.

      November 11, 2012

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