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October 2010 Indie Next List
“This literary horn-of-plenty is brimming with an astonishing amount of information, all related with Bryson's trademark clarity and humor. To read this is to embark on a wonderfully meandering journey through history, sociology, science, and more. The thread that connects it all is Bryson's own house. He guides us through his home, a charming former church rectory in a small English village. His kitchen, for example, inspires writing on the rise of tea as a favored beverage, the huge portions consumed by Victorian diners, the grueling work expected of servants, and even the use of imported ice as a food preservative. Enjoy the tour!”
— Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA
Summer 2012 Reading Group
“Using his own home, an 1851 rectory in England, as a jumping off point, Bryson focuses his immense curiosity and incomparable writing skills on every aspect of 'home' to explore the history of why we live where we do and how we live. He takes us from room to room in this dynamic survey. You'll immediately want to share this with someone else. It's an 'Oh, let me read you just one more thing!' kind of book.”
— Banna Rubinow, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY