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Worsley, Lucy
If walls could talk : an intimate history of the home / Lucy Worsley
Alternate Title Intimate history of the home
New York : Walker, 2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HQ615 .W68 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Dwellings -- Psychological aspects
Dwellings -- Environmental aspects
Rooms -- Psychological aspects
Rooms -- Environmental aspects
Households -- England -- History
Families -- England -- History
Architecture, Domestic -- England -- History
Subject England -- Social life and customs
Physical Description xv, 351 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Note Originally published: London : Faber & Faber, 2011
Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-336) and index
Summary "Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? 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 people fear fruit? All these questions will be answered in this juicy, smelly, and truly intimate history of home life. Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, covering the architectural history of each room, but concentrating on what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove. From sauce-stirring to breast-feeding, teeth-cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married, this book will make you see your home with new eyes."--Publisher
Contents Part One: An intimate history of the bedroom -- Part Two: An intimate history of the bathroom -- Part III: An intimate history of the living room -- Part Four: An intimate history of the kitchen

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