Dearest readers,

I hope you’re reading this from the warmth of home. If where you are is anywhere like where I am right now, you’re glad to have good insulation, heat, and a roof over your head to keep the freezing rain off.

But human beings have not always been so cozy. This and many other facts about the evolution of home life are explored in Bill Bryson’s At Home: A Short History of Private Life, our February book club selection. We’ll begin discussing At Home next week, putting modern home life into a historical context.

The book delves into all sorts of illuminating topics. When did people stop wandering and settle down in one place? Where did corn come from? Why do we use salt and pepper instead of salt and cinnamon as table spices? Join us next week for our book club conversation, where we’ll explore these questions and many others. Check out the fun video intro for the book:

If you haven’t read the book yet, don’t worry, there’s still time! You can borrow a copy from a friend, get one here, or listen to the audio version while you knit or do whatever handiwork you do. Until next week, happy reading!

Bookishly,
Umbra