Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"At Home" by Bill Bryson

I wanted to love it, I really did...

Having really enjoyed several Bill Bryson books, I looked forward to reading At Home: A Short History of Private Life, but haven't been terribly into it thus far. Actually, I've had quite the juxtaposition of experience with titles from Bryson. Some I've loved, some I've found to be simply good and some I've not been compelled enough to make it through yet.


Bryson works I'd recommend to anyone were A Walk in the Woods about journeys on the Appalachian Trail, In a Sunburned Country about Australia and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir about... well, it's a memoir.

Stuff I've simply enjoyed was I'm a Stranger Here Myself about returning to and traveling in America and one of two books set in his adopted home continent of Europe... Neither Here Nor There or Notes From a Small Island (shows the impact on me when I can't recall which I read).

In the third category of books that I didn't think were bad in any way, but also didn't hold my attention enough to finish were A Short History of Nearly Everything about science-type things, The Mother Tongue about the English language and now... At Home.


I own At Home so am confident I'll finish reading it someday, just not likely soon. I'm six chapters, or 130-some pages into the 450 page book and it's certainly well written, but the material set largely in European households in centuries past hasn't really been enthralling to me.

Just as I'll eventually finish it, I'm also interested in giving another go to A Short History of Nearly Everything... especially since there's apparently now a Special Illustrated Edition, you know... with pictures!