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If Walls Could Talk is exactly what I need in between serious literature novels. It’s a social chatty type of book that fuses a large set of anecdotes with easily digested history, mostly British history. It’s charming if flighty—the perfect coffee table book that is not all pictures. A British curator of historic places, Worsley discusses mostly about Britain and the Royal families from Tudor to present. Instead of going into lots of details about minutia, she focuses on four specific areas of the home—the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen—and the things that people really want to know but never would learn in history class. After about a chapter or two I decide to save this book for my long-haul flight (14 hours) to Asia this winter. The interesting perspective, and that she doesn’t dig too deeply into the muck and mire would see me through the long flight.


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