Not really about "At Home",
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This review is from: At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Hardcover)
This is an interesting book, full of charming and witty bits of history that one probably hasn't read elsewhere. It's well written. It just really doesn't fit its title very well, or the title doesn't fit the text.... The idea of connecting wide-ranging historical scenarios with a walk through a house is engaging, but there really isn't much connection between the text and this initial idea. This book reminds me of my husband, who starts on a possibly relevant topic and then repeatedly segues into another and another and another that suggest themselves to him as he goes along, and suddenly he is far afield, having built up a huge head of steam and left his puzzled audience somewhere behind him. This failing doesn't really spoil what is a good book, but I was constantly if marginally irritated by it throughout.