This paranormal cozy has an interesting premise: home renovation meets haunted house. I'm passing my copy over to my sister who loves old houses. Rejuvenating properties to their former glory is Melanie's favorite thing to do. Which is very disappointing as it was highly recommended and my interests in design and history were practically lapping at the metaphoric nectar this book was supposed to serve up. The author introduces each character with descriptions that drew a clear picture in my mind and also gave some hint of what was to come. A work of non-fiction by Dr. Lucy Worsley, it gives all kinds of insights into how each room of the home has evolved over time. This is the second book that I've read based on a BBC radio program. If reading a simple description of Dr Worsley's "If Walls Could Talk: An intimate history of the home" makes you suspect it is a dry tome; please think again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Juliet Blackwell (aka Julie Goodson-Lawes, aka Hailey Lind) started out life in Palo Alto, California, born of a Texan mother and a Yankee father. Readers will gain the perspective of players, coaches, and personnel from this modern era in moments of greatness as well as defeat, making for a keepsake no fan will want to miss. If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice, Locker Room, and Press Box Phil Bourque with Josh Yohe. Read 457 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. First, there was her divorce after a 10-year rocky marriage. Every December, as we wrap up our annual Goodreads Reading Challenge, we ask our book-loving colleagues a simple yet incredibly tough... 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. The only other cozy mystery series I’ve tried was not very satisfying, so I had low expectations coming into this one. I liked these things in the enjoyable If Walls Could Talk: Melanie Turner remodels homes. The property owner attempts a drunken DIY session that ends with a death by power tool. This book is a companion to a BBC series presented by Lucy Worsley. At turns whimsical and amusing, this intimate history of the home is that rarity among history books: a fabulous page-turner. Great piece of history in written form. This is a cute, cozy series that has a good murder mystery to give it some weight. English. The information about If Walls Could Talk shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. Breakfast for instance was NOT a normal meal the 20th century apparently... brunch was. so that things we assume a house should have may or may not have shown up irrelevant of had someone invented the tech to. Mel Turner loves remodeling homes. Now Mel's seeing the ghost, who won't leave her alone until she solves his murder. A dilapidated Pacific Heights mansion needs a makeover. When were the two dirty centuries? Details of If Walls Could Talk (If Walls Could Talk, #1) Original Title If Walls Could Talk (If Walls Could Talk, #1) Edition Format Online Fiction Number of Pages 2 pages Book Language English Ebook Format PDF, EPUB. HE WALKS THROUGH THEM. One can tell when reading this book that the author had a great time and a fascination for her subject. Those who heavily read historical-related material are familiar with odd rooms, items, and even customs in the common household of the past. Then, her beloved mother died suddenly of heart failure. In any case the author of this book is the head of the agency that preserves several important British landmarks such as The Tower of London which is why the history of the home is told from a decidedly British point of view. She begins investigating to save her. Downton Abbey fans also get a glimpse of the upstairs/ downstairs life. Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? This is one of those books that I wasn’t sure what I thought about it while I was listening to it and then when it was over I started to immediately think about getting the next one. Protagonist Mel, as in Melanie, Turner is a thirty-eight year old divorcee who takes over her father's construction business after her mother passes away. A lot of the history has a British slant, because she is a museum curator in London, but other places and cultures are mentioned also. Lucy Worsley opens the door and casts the reader in a medieval one room dwelling. The book is divided like the show into sections: bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. He won't leave her alone, so she must help solve his murder. Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals New Releases Gift Ideas Books Today's Deals New Releases Gift Ideas Books The book is divided like the show into sections: bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. Would you believe a Mr. Crapper was instrumental in the widespread production of toilets? But now her reputation may be on the line. Readers will gain the perspective of players, coaches, and … April 1st 2011 And I liked it. I take any lyric video requests for any artist! I learned a little history and felt some of the MCs enthusiasm for her work in restoring historic homes. Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? She takes the major rooms of the house and traces them and everything that goes on in them from dressing, underwear (or lack of such)to chamber pots. To see what your friends thought of this book, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home. The family soon moved to what were, at the time, the sticks of Cupertino, an hour south of San Francisco. File under # Social; ... #Book, Publishing 31 Oct - 31 Oct 2018 dpr-barcelona. by NAL. I found the first section on the bedroom most interesting. A very lightweight treatment of a very interesting subject. I will read more in the series. A demolition party goes horribly wrong. In If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Red Sox, former player and longtime broadcaster Jerry Remy provides insight into the team's inner sanctum as only he can. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Even though the cops think it is a construction accident, Mel isn't convinced and when she is visited by the ghost of the dead man she decides she needs to find out who killed him so he will leave her alone. I am not complaining I am just explaining what you get. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I wish we had radio programs like that here. With Jeanne Cornay, Louis Cornay, Howard McDaniel, Terry McDaniel. Now, a man is dead, and Mel has started seeing his ghost. I ended up really liking this story! She airs the royal bed-sheets and empties the chamber pot (again, repeatedly). Along the way, you learn about how certain common expressions came into being and how people lived their daily lives in times gone by. It was a grounded, non-flippant story with a pinch of the paranormal. Each chapter was much too short, and only just scratched the surface. Since I love Bryson's writing style and enjoy learning interesting facts about random objects, this was a book that I was really looking forward to reading. I do hope that Mel gets more into talking with ghosts since now she knows she can:). She is asked to help restore a mansion in the San Francisco area. The ending was not complete and there were loose ends left. Still, she is quick to say that she hopes her dad will come back to the business soon so she can return to her post- divorce moping in a small Parisian apartment. I was born in Reading (not great, but it could have been Slough), studied Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford, and I've got a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex. 4 Knickers 5 Praying, Reading and Keeping Secrets 6 Sick 7 Sex 8 Conception 9 Deviant Sex and Masturbation 10 Venereal Disease The Medieval times were by far the most interesting! I "listened" the audiobook version of this. Strange to have left this unfinished for so long whilst knowing how likeable it is. $11.99; $11.99; Publisher Description. This is exactly the type of chatty, sociological survey that I adore, but I also adore proper citations in my non-fiction. It was a little bit all over the place, as the main protagonist, Mel, has a lot going on in her life, and maybe that's why it felt a bit disjointed. My full review will follow soon. Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit? It takes you on a truly fascinating journey through the home that spans across so many time periods that no matter your area of historical interest it'll touch on something you love! I loved this book. Written in a very chatty and informal manner, it is a breezy read that even the most history-adverse will find fun and easy to get through. It's the characters that make these mysteries what they are. Mel takes over the family construction business after her mother died and her father couldn't handle it. I really enjoy cozy mysteries. By Casey Tefertiller on March 15, 2019. If Walls Could Talk An Intimate History of the Home (Book) : Worsley, Lucy : Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? There are some interesting characters (good and bad) through out the book. That’s a perspective most of us don’t know anything about, and which she couldn’t have got wrong since it’s down to experience. Some of her etymological claims seem a bit spurious, some I’m sure I’ve heard debunked elsewhere, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. (I only enjoy that if The Property Brothers are on) But I did, I really enjoy cozy mysteries. See all formats and editions. There were also precious few citations and no footnotes. It makes sense if you think about the time and effort required to get a fire going and food prepared from scratch... and demanding food before then was considered immature... people stopped eating before the sun went down until electric lighting was developed., etc. I wish that I had stayed with my originally planned book for this topic (one from Kate Carlisle's fixer-upper series) but I really wanted to listen to an audiobook while I sewed and went for walks. I had no idea that the President/Prime Minister's Cabinet was named after a literal cabinet (closet) and am ashamed to say I never caught on to the fact British homes don't have closets the way our do in the U.S. I really liked this book!! It was my first paranormal and I didn't understand the story. Listen to If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell,Xe Sands with a free trial.\nListen to unlimited* audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. The characters felt real, they were multidimensional and had problems and made mistakes and everything was not great and fluffy all the time. I am associated with a story. She dons a toolbelt with her dresses and doesn't care. To see what your friends thought of this book, If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #1). But what a pleasant surprise! There is a lot of San Francisco history, such as The Emperor, brought in to buttress the plot. Just comment :) PROMOTIONS: merch - https://teespring.com/stores/fangirl-ent buy kpop SM ENT. In If These Walls Could Talk: Toronto Blue Jays, Elliott provides insight into the Jays' inner sanctum as only he can. This book was a really great, fun and interesting read. A cozy mystery with a haunted house seemed like a spirit-lifting treat. Every December, as we wrap up our annual Goodreads Reading Challenge, we ask our book-loving colleagues a simple yet incredibly tough... Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. In any case the author of this book is the head of the agency that preserves several important British landmarks such as The Tower of London which is why the history of the home is told from a decidedly British point of view. The property owner attempts a drunken DIY session that ends with a death by power tool. Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit? I admit there were moments that kind of bored me, mainly all the house construction talk. Very very interesting, but a bit shallow. Written in a very chatty and informal manner, it is a breezy read that even the most history-adverse will find fun and easy to get through. I've read reviews where people complain of the predictably of them, but that's the kind of books they are. Mystery Lovers Bookshop proudly presents Phil Bourque & Josh Yohe for the launch of their new book, 'If These Walls Could Talk: Pittsburgh Penguins: Stories from the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice, Locker Room, and Press Box. However, just how much do you know about the, Those who heavily read historical-related material are familiar with “odd” rooms, items, and even customs in the common household of the past. Quite interesting look at daily life in (mostly) the UK from medieval times through to the present; Worsley takes us through each room of the house, and spends time of all sorts of fascinating tidbits, from what people ate, how they slept, had sex, used the bathroom, raised their children, died, and really, so much in between. The prosaic details on the high levels of renovation were well done, too. If Walls Could Talk An Intimate History of the Home (Book) : Worsley, Lucy : "Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? When I started reading and was about 11-12 pages in I just wasn't sure I was going to like this book but then it just hit me and I couldn't put it down. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published When were the two dirty centuries? IF WALLS COULD TALK AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF THE HOME. I read this book first in 2014. When I started reading and was about 11-12 pages in I just wasn't sure I was going to like this book but then it just hit me and I couldn't put it down. while I enjoyed it, this time, I still felt the descriptions of all architectural took from the story. Quite interesting look at daily life in (mostly) the UK from medieval times through to the present; Worsley takes us through each room of the house, and spends time of all sorts of fascinating tidbits, from what people ate, how they slept, had sex, used the bathroom, raised their children, died, and really, so much in between. If These Walls Could Talk. She talks about how social norms regarding the little things, bathing, eating, cost of manual labor, etc., impacted if and when technologies were accepted into the home (like is bathing a good thing? Still, she is quick to say that she hopes her dad will come back to the business soon so she can, This paranormal cozy has an interesting premise: home renovation meets haunted house. The Rule of Three has hit Melanie Turner pretty hard in the last two years. Be the first to ask a question about If Walls Could Talk. The award-winning series profiles homeowners from across the country who renovate their historic homes and uncover unusual stories and valuable objects along the way. Perfect for alternating with something heavier, a mood enhancer. The more I thought I about it the more I realized I actually really liked it. Pretty good micro history of the home!! From the very beginning, I had trouble getting into it and connecting to the main character. To suit me, each chapter should have been a book of its own. Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott Posted by cooperstownersincanada May 6, 2020 May 6, 2020 Posted in Book Review Tags: Bob Elliott. I wanted to give this series a chance since I completely loved The Paris Key by Blackwell. I frequently wanted to smack Mel for not using her common sense, but overall it was a charming read. Interesting characters, fast, light read. Press the button start search and wait a little while. This time the book didn't get put down for several days, at which point everyone around me was sick of hearing about the history of beds, how closets came to exist and how Tudor maids removed stains from clothes (with urine!). Lucy Worlsey is a British historian who is also a television presenter; this book was a companion to one of her series; but the book is just as enjoyable whether you watched the show or not. People in poverty feel, and indeed actually grow, poorer if forced to live in a sink estate, while the middle classes flee to their own leafy ghettoes outside city centres. Refresh and try again. Perfect cadence with interesting voices to bring all to life. It's charming, if flighty. 'If Walls Could Talk' discovers the mysteries lurking beneath homes' surfaces...and puts a price on history. Xe Sands is so great with these cozy's. For Leah, growing up in Metro Detroit meant safety, security and family. I found the first section on the bedroom most interesting. Start by marking “If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Some of her etymological claims seem a bit spurious, some Im sure Ive heard debunked elsewhere, but its entertaining nonetheless. I've been reading a lot of heavy, dark emotion books lately. First, there was her divorce after a 10-year rocky marriage. Women gradually shed their medieval stereotype as insatiable temptresses in order to become the Victorian ideal of pure, chaste, virginal angels. I wish we had radio programs like that here. By (author) Lucy Worsley. And should it be done with cold water or hot?) Thats a perspective most of us dont know anything about, and which she couldnt have got. Through multiple interviews conducted with current and past Bulls, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. She begins investigating to save her reputation as a contractor and rid herself of a pesky spirit. If Walls Could Talk (Book) : Blackwell, Juliet : SHE PUTS UP WALLS. If These Walls Could Talk. Welcome back. The characters were interesting, the case was interesting and the narrator was good. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The location descriptions are right on, and I definitely appreciate the background/historical factoids. This is a chatty, tour guide type tale of the history of the house. Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? She also traces the different time periods and shows how they and the people in them have changed. I get the feeling the author actually spent some time redoing an old house as the general contractor or involved homeowner. “Three smiling men the size of Wisconsin were squeezed into the cab.”, See 1 question about If Walls Could Talk…, If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell --> Starting September 16th, 2020, Goodreads Staffers Share Their Top Three Books of the Year. What there was of it was terribly interesting, there just wasn't enough of it. If Walls Could Talk isn’t exactly an academic, peer reviewed, footnoted piece of work, but it is kinda fun as a light read. Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Oprah’s Book Club If These Walls Could Talk: Clemson Tigers Stories from the Clemson Tigers Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box. I loved the MC's occupation, as well as her competence and confidence. so that things we assume a house should have may or may not have shown up irrelevant of had someone invented the tech to allow it. (I only enjoy that if The Property Brothers are on) But I did, however, liked the characters and the ghost angle to the mystery. And thirdly, Melanie had to take over the reins of Turner Construction after her mother’s death devastated her father so deeply that he no longer wished to run his own company. The author introduces each character with descriptions that drew a clear picture in my mind and also gave some hint of what was to come. And add a very funny ghost, some history on gems and diamonds and you have a great cozy. This book would be great for those who are looking to learn more about British history as it relates to the home. Historic home renovator Melanie Turner has been suckered into doing the renovation on her friend Matt's investment property, when his business partner dies. ... One of the great strengths of her book is the exposure of all levels of society throughout the history of England, with delightful notations of daily life most readers would not ponder: the food they ate, the way they cooked it, the privacy they lacked, the diseases they endured, etc. I've read reviews where people complain of the predictably of them, but that's the kind of books they are. She also traces the different time periods and shows how they and the people in them have changed. And thirdly, Melanie had to take over the reins of Turner Construction after her mothers death devastated her father so deeply that he no longer wished to run his own company. Although comparisons can be made to Bryson's "At Home", I found this book to be less rambling and more centered. If Walls Could Talk An Intimate History of the Home LUCY WORSLEY Contents Cover Title Page Epigraph Introduction Part One – An Intimate History of the Bedroom 1 A History of the Bed 2 Being Born 3 Was Breast Always Best? A successful ‘place’ mixes up the different groups in society, forcing them to mingle and to look out for each other.”, “This change in biological understanding had enormous implications for society. Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? If Walls Could Talk isnt exactly an academic, peer reviewed, footnoted piece of work, but it is kinda fun as a light read. This is one of two simultaneous difficult reads, and this is the one that's not worth the effort. If Walls Could Talk I have been part of my country for more than a century. Walking to and from kindergarten every day she would indulge in her earliest larcenous activity: stealing walnuts and apricots from surrounding. Book Review: If These Walls Could Talk. It's a guilty-pleasure history book: full of fascinating factoids and inferences about every day human behaviour in the past - the kind of thing that could inspire a teenager to do a history degree; however, if gathering evidence for an essay, you'd need volumes like those in the bibliography, as there are no footnotes, and this is obviously just popular narrative history to be devoured like a story. I really did not like this book at all. If Walls Could Talk : An intimate history of the home. One can tell when reading this book that the author had a great time and a fascination for her subject. When were the two "dirty centuries"? I had no idea that the President/Prime Minister's Cabinet was named after a literal cabinet (closet) and am ashamed to say I never caught on to the fact British homes don't have closets the way our do in the U.S. Excellent book. A society where sexual order was maintained by physical chastisement gradually began to give way to internal moral codes, where behaviour was policed by social forces such as shame and expulsion from the community for sexual transgression.”, Castles, Great Estates and Homes of the Royals, the Aristocracy and High Society, Social History Books - All About People & Society, Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England, Goodreads Staffers Share Their Top Three Books of the Year. This is not a scholarly tome, you don't get bogged down with details. The first was A History of the World in 100 Objects which I enjoyed a great deal. I was surprised that there were actually passages about the process of restoring old homes included in the story. Unfortunately, it's all the rage these days to take a perfectly fine cozy and throw in the supernatural element, a ghost, a vampire, something. How do you romp through a millennia or so of British history, painting a picture of life, events and characters? And if these walls could talk, what would they say? I learnt a lot, even though I know this type of history quite well. It covers the evolution of the home right up to modern day's environmental issues in a concise conclusion. Welcome back. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking “If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. In If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Cubs, Jon Greenberg of The Athletic Chicago provides insight into the team's inner sanctum as only he can. And should it be done with cold water or hot?) If Walls Could Talk book. If other cultures contributed to what constitutes our modern dwellings, the ideas are not explored here. A dilapidated Pacific Heights mansion needs a makeover. What a great read and a very interesting mystery. Then, her beloved mother died suddenly of heart failure. If the walls could talk they would tell a story of a murder at a party held at a beautiful old house in the San Francisco Bay area that is going to be remodeled by Melanie Turner's construction company. Thank you to whoever commented about it on a review of Bill Bryson's At Home, which I have also read. I wish shed talked about fewer topics in more depth, rather than spending one to two pages each on 100+ different things. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. The story was engaging with just the right amount of paranormal presence. However, just how much do you know about the, Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful-William Morris, One of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson, had recently published a book in which he takes readers on a tour of his house, examining the history of each object in it. Melanie Turner remodels homes. In If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Red Sox, former player and longtime broadcaster Jerry Remy provides insight into the team's inner sanctum as only he can. Interesting, funny, and written with a cracking pace. If you already know much English history, few things will surprise you--but if you don't, I'm sure you'll find this fascinating and useful for countless ice-breaking dinner conversations. Thid was a surprise. Protagonist Mel, as in Melanie, Turner is a thirty-eight year old divorcee who takes over her father's construction business after her mother passes away. Ideal for fans seeking stories beyond the headlines, If These Walls Could Talk: New York Yankees delivers readers a thorough look at franchise history from the perspective of an insider. History buffs, Anglophiles, Social historians. But now her reputation may be on the line. What a great read and a very interesting mystery. 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