I enjoyed this book through and through. I read this in 2 days, while I was in Paris. There were many things I could have lent my attention to in those 2 days, but I found this book to be so captivating I couldn't put it down. I found myself making excuses to listen to it wherever I was. It combines interesting narrative with scientific information and historical context. One of my best reads this year.
After reading "A Short History of Nearly Everything," I was elated when I heard that Bill Bryson had written a new book. While I think that it has its own merits, and intrigue, I didn't connect with this book as much. It read more like the b-side of "A Short History.." it just wasn't as strong. I think that it may be that because "A Short History.." was written with a clear chronology of discovery over time, whereas "At Home" was written based on the structure of Bryson's home. By nature, the structure is more subjective, and felt more like a potpourri of factoids than the magnificent tome of knowledge that A Short History is. All in all, it has some great information, but I just didn't enjoy the structure as much.
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