Book Review – At Home by Bill Bryson


  • ISBN: 978-0-385-60827-5
  • Category: Non Fiction
  • Publishers: Random House  ( I got this book from the publisher for review)

The moment you see the cover page of this book it makes you wonder what will be inside. It seems as if the book cover along with its simplistic title is inviting you to come hither and listen to the various stories unveiled by it inside page after page.

Behind the book
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Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.
About the Author

Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island, A walk in the woods and Down Under. To know more about the author please visit www.

 ‘Me’ Thinks

The most striking feature of this book is its index where the chapters are named on various parts of the house. This reflects the immense amount of research done by the author behind the work and the result is there for each one of us to see.

The author felt that a lot was being written about the battles in history rather than on the people living in history; people who stayed in beautiful houses, had families, and filled the rooms with love and laughter.  At home, is an attempt to write about beautiful houses where people become someone from anyone. The vivid descriptions with photographs and sketches make the entire book come alive in front of your eyes as you live in that house described.

I have always attached the word “sense of belonging “to houses. My biggest dream till date is to own a house of my own, however small it is and name it Basera (A habitude). I could relate to a lot of things described by the author in this book as home for me always meant memories both good and bad. It never meant only brick and mortar. My search for my own habitude is still own as I am looking forward to create my own share of memories there under a roof and a piece of land I can call my own, eventually passing it off to my next generations as a memoir. 

A beautiful book, well described and wonderfully narrated for the reader to actually time travel to all the places described and live that moment in reality!

Foodie Verdict

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This book is like a piece of cheese - Utterly delicious!

P.S: This book has been received from Random House for review


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