My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf

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The books that we choose to keep--let alone read--can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In MY IDEAL BOOKSHELF, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most-books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. With colourful and endearingly hand-rendered images of book spines by Jane Mount, and first-person commentary from all the contributors, this is a perfect gift for avid readers, writers, and all who have known the influence of a great more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 178 x 230 x 25mm | 862g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Integrated: 100 colour illustrations
  • 0316200905
  • 9780316200905
  • 51,274

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.` . . a happy and inspiring conversation starter.`--Publisher's Weeklyshow more

About Jane Mount

Jane Mount is an artist and illustrator. Her paintings of bookshelves have caught the eye of media outlets like The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Daily Candy, and InStyle, among others. She lives in northern California with her husband and two cats. Thessaly La Force is a writer and editor who has worked at The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and the New York Public Library. She is currently attending the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is working on a collection of short stories about objects and aesthetics. Thessaly divides her time between Iowa City and New York City; she also has two cats and shares a birthday with more

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1,640 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (609)
3 29% (483)
2 8% (128)
1 2% (29)

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A truly beautiful book filled with wonderful illustrations of book spines representing 100 ideal bookshelves. The idea is great but I would have liked to know a bit more about what each of the books meant to the people that chose them. The texts are so short that they cannot write about more than two or three of the books properly, and some of them barely even mention the books at all. I do love to hear about what people consider to be the most important books they have read and why. My to-read-list certainly got longer while reading this book... 3.5 starsshow more
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