Books About Living in the Past
Not the emotional living in the past, but literally - what was it like to live in certain time periods. I love these kinds of books about daily life. They provide so much context for reading history and historical fiction and they are also a great resource for writers. Here are some I haven't had a chance to read yet but seem interesting. In reverse chronological order:
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England by Daniel Pool - looks like a fun, light read for fans of Regency and Victorian England. Definitely on my to-read least.
Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915 by Thomas J. Schlereth - part of the Everyday Life In America series, this is a more exhaustive look at the Victorian Era in urban America and tries to show the changes in daily life over that period.
Americans of 1776: Daily Life in Revolutionary America by James Schouler - this is a scholarly work that was actually published in 1906. So if you read it, you will be reading something written over a hundred years ago about an era around 130 years before that. That kind of thing makes me feel a real connection to history for some reason.