Bill Bryson was kind enough to sign copies of his new book At Home: A Short History of Private Life for M&Q when he was in town recently to read as part of the Pen Pals lecture series.
At Home is a great gift idea for almost anyone on your list. When Bryson explores his house room by room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
Get your signed copy of this enchanting book now, because once they’re gone, they’re gone.–David E