Room-by-Room: 5 Books that Tour the Modern Home

Room-by-Room: 5 Books that Tour the Modern Home

Carolyn Purnell
Mar 7, 2013

I'm a history addict; profiles of designers, descriptions of domesticity in the past, and accounts of the objects that shape our daily lives—all these topics fascinate me to no end. These five books, all of which indulge that love of history, share a common structure: they move through the home room-by-room, unfolding the contexts of the past, uncovering the cultural value of the experiences shared within, and providing anecdotal insight about the function-specific spaces that we live in each and every day.

From the front door to the living room, from the kitchen to the dining room, and from the boudoir to the bathroom, these five books use history and function to explore the hidden layers of the places we call home.

1. If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley
2. The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual and the Modern Home Began by Joan DeJean
3. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
4. House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How we Live by Winifred Gallagher
5. Geography of Home by Akiko Busch

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