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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucy Worsley Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two "dirty centuries?" Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did rich people fear fruit?In her brilliantly and creatively researched book, Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen. She covers the history of each room and explores what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove-from sauce stirring to breastfeeding, teeth cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married-providing a compelling account of how the four rooms of the home have evolved from medieval times to today. Download and start listening now!

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  • Who could not be enthralled by the history of toilet paper? Anyone who lives in a home with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom will delight in reading this history of the development of home life. Kirkus Starred Review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 2/17/2014

    " Good fun. Like Bill Bryson's At Home, but much tighter and more focused on the domestic, where Bryson strays all over the place. Too much focus on the upper classes, whose lives are of course much better documented, but I wish she'd done more to include the domestic lives of the less privileged. I listened to it as an audiobook, and it's the same reader as Deborah Devonshire's autobio, which is kind of funny because Chatsworth comes up a few times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kir | 2/12/2014

    " A very interesting and exhaustive look at the four central rooms in a home--bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen--and how the use of those rooms has evolved. The author made a convincing case that the way we use those rooms today (wood heat, whole and organic foods, multi-purpose rooms and open floor plans) is more medieval than modern. Interesting, eh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurisa | 2/4/2014

    " This is the perfect bathroom book. And I don't say that in a derogatory way, or because a quarter of the book is devoted to that room. The book is presented in convenient "bite-sized" chapters filled with interesting tidbits on a variety of obscure topics relating to four rooms of the house: Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, and Kitchen. It is easy to digest a sliver of the book and come back some time later to resume without missing anything. Discovering the origins of various phrases like "Chairman of the Board," "upper crust," and "wrong end of the stick" as well as their explanations was very interesting. One thing I craved was more in-depth exploration and discussion of some of the "larger" topics, but overall this was a fun, informative, and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 1/30/2014

    " You could say it's just a nonstop stream of trivia, but it's trivia that I am generally interested in and I enjoyed it. "

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