I have never really been much interested in history. It was definitely not my favorite subject in school. I disliked memorizing all those dates and things. Medieval history was a little more interesting but still not something I would seek out to read.
If I had a teacher like author Bill Bryson, I know I would have loved (and would still love) history. In his long but fascinating book, At Home – A Short History of Private Life, the past comes alive while he explores the parson’s home where he lives in England.
He travels through the house giving a wonderful array of (useless?) trivia that I couldn’t get enough of. The history spans countries and generations and the rich and poor. There are details about furniture, servants, inventors, buildings, the upper class, gardens, the light bulb, windows and so much more I couldn’t even begin to list everything.
Trivia and history buffs will love this book. I look forward to reading more of Bill Bryson’s work.