I’m a Bryson fan. His work is sort of a literary Seinfeld episode; musings on ordinary life. I adore history, particularly minutiae. I’d much rather learn how salt and pepper shakers became ubiquitous than about epic battles between warring factions. To that end, At Home is a nearly perfect fit, the details enclosed are about our surroundings, much of which we tend to take for granted. For instance, it never occurred to me that there was a time when people balanced dinner plates upon their laps as no one had yet dreamed up the table. I was treated to so many facts throughout the course of this book. (My favorite being that a man named Thomas Crapper had a hand in the invention of the flushing toilet). More than anything else, Bryson’s work cemented my gratitude; I would most definitely NOT want to live among previous generations of the British. I would gladly take my creature comforts and current sanitary living conditions.
Recommended by Sarah C.
Taiye Selasi discusses and signs Ghana Must Go
03/22/2013 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku's death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before.