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Book Review Title: "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" Author: Bill Bryson Publisher: Doubleday, 2010; 512 pages; $28.95 At 512 pages in hardcover, including indices, Bill Bryson's "At Home: A Short History of Private Life," is anything but.  Given that "At Home" is more than 500 pages of joyful, intriguing exploration of the human experience, I suppose the fact that it's not actually all that short can be forgiven. The book's subject matter is plucked selectively to both educate and entertain, reaching back to the Neolithic Era and even drawing from the personal experiences of Bryson's own family.I'm not sure exactly how Bryson manages to find -- much less weave into a cohesive tale -- such arcane and borderline bizarre facts and snippets ...