This is a room-by-room history of the house. It is exhaustively researched and manages to cover great swaths of human history and facts I haven’t heard before. For example, did you know that before modern lighting, the total amount of light in the average home at night would be equal to the amount of light you get when you open your refrigerator door? As Bryson said, “The world at night, for much of history, was a very dark place indeed.”

This is a room-by-room history of the house. It is exhaustively researched and manages to cover great swaths of human history and facts I haven’t heard before. For example, did you know that before modern lighting, the total amount of light in the average home at night would be equal to the amount of light you get when you open your refrigerator door? As Bryson said, “The world at night, for much of history, was a very dark place indeed.”

A short history of nearly everthing by Bill Bryson. This book is Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilisation - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us.

A short history of nearly everthing by Bill Bryson. This book is Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilisation - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us.

Jon Krakauer's latest "Where Men Win Glory" about Pat Tillman.  I would read anything by Krakauer, he could probably make his grocery list seem interesting.

Jon Krakauer's latest "Where Men Win Glory" about Pat Tillman. I would read anything by Krakauer, he could probably make his grocery list seem interesting.

Shakespeare!  It was a quick read and Bryson added his humor to the story.

Shakespeare! It was a quick read and Bryson added his humor to the story.

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Read this in high school and enjoyed it, should re-read after I finish her book about Lincoln

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Read this in high school and enjoyed it, should re-read after I finish her book about Lincoln

A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision making to reveal the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.

A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision making to reveal the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.

Again, I couldn't put this sequel down either. Full of useful and useless tidbits of information that are as mind-boggling as they are duh-simple. Like, why do brownstones have so many steps up to the front door? So horse sewage wouldn't leak into the house.

Again, I couldn't put this sequel down either. Full of useful and useless tidbits of information that are as mind-boggling as they are duh-simple. Like, why do brownstones have so many steps up to the front door? So horse sewage wouldn't leak into the house.

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