Non-Fic Picks: H-O-M-E, Home

Posted Dec 4, 2015

Home is where the heart is, and this week we’re featuring NEW non-fic picks for you to learn more about your humble abode. 

House Guests, House Pests: A Natural History of Animals in the Home by Richard Jones

Our homes may be our castles, but we are under constant attack from invaders that we, most often, don’t even acknowledge.  Think bats, beetles, moths, mosquitoes, bedbugs, mice, and more!  While most of these creatures want to live a quiet life, some can be destructive causing major damage to our home, belongings, and sometimes even our physical selves.  Jones, an entomologist, explores where pests come from, why they want to live with us, and whether or not we should rid ourselves of them.  He also includes a gallery and identification guide at the end of the book to help you recognize the freeloaders in your living space.     

The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow by Tovah Martin

Anyone can liven up their living space with plants, and avid gardener, Tovah Martin, will help you pick the right greenery in her latest book, The Indestructible Houseplant.  With over 200 plants featured, Martin’s easy-to-care-for list includes, just to name a few, African violets, Christmas cactuses, ferns, mirror plants, and spider plants.  Martin provides step-by-step care instructions, and, with over 200 color photographs, illustrates the countless possibilities that plants offer in terms of interior design and décor.  Whether you’re an avid gardener or you’re just starting to cultivate your green thumb, warm up your house this winter with your very own indoor garden.

The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes by Judith Flanders

There’s no place like home, but what makes a house “home?”  Initially homes provided shelter from the elements, but now “home” has become a state of mind, letting us find “ourselves” in a place where we feel most comfortable.  Researcher and social historian Judith Flanders explores this and more in The Making of Home.  From the sixteenth century to present, Flanders explores how religion, politics, economics, and technology in Europe and North America all played a role in how Western Civilization creates living spaces.  From furniture to gender roles, homo sapiens have progressed quickly from humble huts to the modern luxuries we have now, and The Making of Home illustrates how it all came to be.    

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