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'Lives of Houses' is a lovely book to savor while you're stuck at home; This wide-ranging volume celebrates our fascination with the residences of literary figures, artists, composers and politicians

Apr 01, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

For much of the country, sheltering in place over the past three weeks has been a wearisome but essential civic duty. We don't want to get sick ourselves, and we don't want to bring any sickness to others. So we stay home. It's the right thing to do.

But where or what is home? According to one old saying, home is where the heart is, and, according to the Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer song, it's anywhere we hang our hats. A much less elegant truism can be traced back to hokey versifier Ed...