It’s that time of year, so I think I’ll have a few more stories on nifty gifties for the holiday season, then get back to retro-wonderland. I am obsessed with houses and especially, the history of what is in them, and why. In case you haven’t noticed. A few weeks ago, I saw that one of my favorite writers of all time, Bill Bryson, had written a book seeking answers to this very question. The book is At Home: A Short History of Private Life. Yes, I bought a copy off the Amazon — using the wee earnings that I get from my Pamazon store — my favorite house books — here on this blog. Bryson’s At Home is available in both hard cover and paperback. It’s 532 pages long… I am on page 178 so far… and yes, I am liking this book very much. Bill Bryson’s books are always very… genial, bemused… easy to read. So don’t let the 532 pages put you off, this one is fun. If, like me, you are a house nerd geek dork, I think you will like it.