- File Size: 22537 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (March 17, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084H29C9Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a book about things.
The things that fill our homes say a great deal about who we are, as well as what we are and whom we value.
Every domestic object—the desk you write at, the chair you’re sitting on, the lamp that lights the room—not only has a personal history but also a secret history with roots in the past.
The Elements of a Home looks for the highlights in objects’ lives as they evolved to become the things that are familiar to us today, and reveals the fascinating stories behind more than 60 everyday household objects and furnishings.
Discover the complex, colorful, and often surprising story of the domestic objects with which we furnish our homes.
The cocktail shaker is not just the iconic symbol of a cocktail party; it also provides the soundtrack. Each clink of ice accompanies an escalation in the festivities. It’s the sound of author Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, who shook to the tempo of foxtrots for their Manhattans, with a two-step for a dry martini. It brings to mind James Bond and his beverage of choice: a “very strong and very cold and very well-made” Vesper martini, named for Bond girl Vesper Lynd. (Three measures gin, one measure vodka, and one-half measure Kina Lillet, shaken, not stirred.) It’s the accompaniment to the indulgent three-martini lunch, epitomized by television’s most famous ad executives, Don Draper and Roger Sterling.
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One problem is that occasionally sentences are highlighted with a dark background, which makes them very difficult to read.
I loved this little book and plan to give it as a housewarming gift to each friend who moves into a new home....as well as probably many Christmas and birthday gifts.
Well written, very informative and entertaining. It is so interesting to read the origins of all the things we use on a daily basis in our homes. Great job Amy.I highly recommend this book