At Home

I finished At Home by Bill Bryson today. It is a rambling book of trivia, terribly interesting if not very useful. It is the sort of book that as you read you are telling various friends and family the little facts you've picked up but that you may not remember in two weeks.

Bryson and his family live in a rambling old rectory in the English countryside. He structures the book's chapters by the various rooms in the home. Some are better than others; the library one is well connected but the attic chapter has little to do with the attic.

I expected it to be more funny! In every other book i've read by Bryson there's been a moment so funny and so startling that i've about embarrassed myself in giggling. This book had some amusing stories but nothing as funny as the others i've read.

So, a 5. i just picked up Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society, edited by Bill Bryson. But I have so many library books right now i don't know how fast i can get to it.


  1. This has turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year. I couldn't put it down, and couldn't stop re-reading parts of it to my wife aloud. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much, particularly as it is not a slight tome. :)


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