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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

At Home: A Short History of Private Life - Bill Bryson I read about this book from delanceyplace.com, "Side by Side toilets for better conversation" . I'm almost finished with "Inside the Victorian Home", and it looks like both of them deal with similar topics, except that the latter book focuses on domestic life in Victorian England. Looking forward to reading this one!!! *********************Finished this book and found it interesting, but not as enjoyable as "Inside the VIctorian Home". I got a little tired of the snarfy comments that the author is constantly throwing at various historical people. He seems not to like British clergymen much, and his attempted witty asides against them began to wear thin fairly quickly.The most interesting sections I found had to do with death and burial. Before embalming was common, cemeteries and churches where people were buried were of course full of alot of rotting bodies which brought vermin and thus spread disease. I'd never thought about the sheer number of people that needed to be buried, and how having them buried in church might cause odor issues! Makes me appreciate NOT having to endure that kind of situation when I am sitting in church.Another interesting section was about the work to remove sewage from London. Reading about "The Great Stink" of 1858 in London made me thankful again and again for modern plumbing. London endured a horrible drought and heat wave, which brought the retreat of the Thames. The Thames was the primary way that waste was removed from London. With the drying up of the Thames and the heat, the sewage did not get washed away and the stench was unbearable and duly named "The Big Stink" or "The Great Stink".If you only have a chance to read 1 book on this subject, read "Inside the Victorian Home", where the author treats all people of all walks fairly.