Marie and Heather Are Reading: “If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home” by Lucy Worsley

To make up for the lack of reviews lately,  I’ve been working on a list of my current reading for you all, to be presented in list form here on the blog.

It’ll be coming soon, I promise!

To tide you over, Heather and I both would like to recommend Lucy Worsley’s If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home.   Learn more about it after the jump!

First, I have to be honest with social history lovers: if you’re well-read on the subject, you won’t find all that much that’s new here.  I, at least, found that to be the case.  Heather also noticed it, and mentioned when she recommended it that it’s not a particularly academic book–there’s a bibliography, but no footnotes or citations in the text.

However, this is a fun, light, and fascinating book by a person who clearly loves her subject.  She’s the Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, which gives her some unique insights.  To learn more about her and her work, visit her website at www.lucyworsley.com.  A very fun place to poke around!

Those who enjoyed Bill Bryson’s At Home should give this a look.  Even though I personally didn’t learn too much that was new to me, I always love reading about the more intimate, everyday side of history–the sort that reminds you that history is made up of people who lived, breathed, and had to use the bathroom.  Worsley’s writing voice is accessible and well-paced.  You feel like you’re on a tour of the past with this well-informed curator and guide.

Here’s a link to the NPR story about this book, which is well worth a listen!

–Marie

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