I had great expectations for this book, recommended as it was by George Grant. The first chapter was disappointing, focusing on Ralph Lauren, nostalgia and invented tradition. Beyond chapter one, however, the book was an absorbing and satisfying read.
Home is a culture history of comfort.
As a confirmed word-bird, I particularly enjoyed all the little etymological notes, some of which I cannot resist sharing with you:
Take a word like “weekend,” which originated at the end of the nineteenth century. Unlike the medieval “weekday” that distinguished the days that one worked from the Lord’s Day, the profane “weekend” – which originally described the period when shops and businesses were closed – came to reflect a way of life organized around the active pursuit of leisure. p.21
~ Saturday (Lørdag) only day of week in Scandinavian countries not named after deity; “a day for bathing”
Differences in posture, like differences in eating utensils (knife and fork, chopsticks or fingers, for example), divide the world as profoundly as political boundaries. Regarding posture there are two camps: the sitters-up (the so-called western world) and the squatters (everyone else). p.78