Must read for everyone who lives in a home.
This is an excellent book and a must read for anyone who lives in a western home. But this is actually a brief history of the West--which the author actually likes. It is hard to find a book on the West that is not simply a list of crimes, but Bill Bryson actually likes the history if the West and all that it has produced--most especially the home.
Not great but interesting
Humorous, well-written, and informative. I really couldn't put it down. It's a great read if you love knowing where our cultural quirks come from, and the origins/history of our surroundings.
I could spend my whole life trying to compile this much information in a book.... but even if I did, it wouldn't be nearly as engrossing, fun, or thoughtful. At worst, it's an expansive history book, and at it's best it's pure Bryson brilliance.
Not like the blurb
I thought it was going to be more of a book detailing why and how certain items end up in the house. The book's blurb talked about things such as why we have salt and pepper shakers and not anything else. The book was more of a history book than anything else. I feel cheated.
If you enjoyed "A short history of nearly everything" you'll want to read this.