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Book review: 'At Home: A Short History of Private Life' by Bill Bryson
Book review: 'At Home: A Short History of Private Life' by Bill Bryson

At Home A Short History of Private Life Bill Bryson Doubleday: 500 pp., $28.95 "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" begins on the roof of the Victorian rectory that Bill Bryson and his family occupy in flattest Eastern England. Surveying the surrounding countryside, the American-born author invokes a local archaeologist who once explained to him that the region's stone churches aren't sinking. No, they are slightly below ground because the sheer numbers of bodies buried around them over the centuries have caused the earth to rise. Having imparted this grisly delicacy, Bryson retreats from his roof but not his house. The author best known in the U.S. for his...

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