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Judging by all the traffic around books on this site, there are some real readers in the AT community. We were a little surprised to find that one of our favorite books hasn't received too much attention.

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Home: A Short History of an Idea gives you a soup to nuts history of the idea of the home beginning with the manor halls of the Middle Ages to contemporary Ralph Lauren-designed environments. The book explores the connections between wall-hung religious tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting and reveals how some of our most welcome luxuries were born of architectural necessity, and much more.

We have to admit, it's a little nerdy, but it really is fascinating read into why we feel the way we do about our homes. We'd love to hear about your favorite home-related reads.

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