Bill Bryson’s At Home

Thanks to the brilliant Shelf Awareness daily email, I just found out that my favorite author Bill Bryson is about to come out with a new book: At Home: a Short History of Private Life ($29). You might be familiar with his extensive back list including: A Walk in the Woods, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and (my favorite) Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way. For his awesomeness, the man was given his own day and the key to the City of Des Moines, Iowa (below), which happens to be hometown to both of us.

Due out in October, At Home looks like another winner: Bryson takes a historic look at the way people live and interact with their surroundings, all without really leaving his house. If it is anything like his earlier works, this book with be both cheerfully insightful and  at times laugh-out-loud witty. I can’t wait.

While you wait: Mother Tongue for $5 at

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