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

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bill Bryson explains the history behind the place we call home, and shows how each room has figured in the evolution of private life. In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, he set out to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

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Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

1. You pronounced "Escherichia" right.

2. Most strains of E. coli are benign--we tend to hear only about harmful strains, but the normal ones are something we take for granted & know little about, much as we take many of the household objects Bill Bryson talked about for granted & know little about their origins. There are also 5 other species of the genus Escherichia besides E. coli. Still, considering that these are bacteria & where they hang out, it's not a very nice name to give a child! I hope she didn't have too many problems from having that name.

Oct. 15 2010 01:20 PM
Michael from Murray Hill

This is fascinating. Why did you schedule him for such a short slot?!

Oct. 15 2010 12:59 PM
Adrian Allain from NYC

Sounds extremely interesting. I have read most of Bryson's books. Never heard him before, but he sounds like Thomas Merton!

Oct. 15 2010 12:52 PM

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