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 Contributors include Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters, James Patterson, Maira Kalman, Judd Apatow, Chuck Klosterman, Miranda July, Alex Ross, Nancy Pearl, David Chang, Patti Smith, Jennifer Egan, and Dave Eggers, among many others With colorful 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 book....
|Title||:||My Ideal Bookshelf|
|Number of Pages||:||503 Pages|
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My Ideal Bookshelf Reviews
I really love looking at this book. My husband and I, both English teachers, purchased an "Ideal Bookshelf" print for our bedroom, and we had so much fun deciding on the one that is closest to ours (we couldn't spring the $500+ for a custom), I decided to buy the book. I love the aesthetic of the paintings; real but unreal, accurate but simple. We have already spent a lot of time looking through it and I have been inspired to pick of some of the books as well. It is just such a wonderful celebration of books and how they have shaped our lives. We have some pretty book-nerdy friends, too, so we have literally passed it around on a Friday night and talked about whose list we agree and disagree with. So, it seems like I love this book, but the reason I only gave it four stars is because I would have liked to see some contributions of a wider swath of people. It seems like there are a lot of authors, some illustrators and graphic designers, a few chefs, a few fashion-type people, but that's it. I think it would be interesting to compare some shelves of "regular" book lovers, like me.
What a brilliant idea!
This is a wonderful concept for a book: an artist and an author visited a wide variety of people and photographed the bookshelf holding their favorite books. Jane Mount rendered the photos in watercolor pictures, while Thessaly LaForce interviewed the book owners about their books. The result is a charming celebration of books and book lovers, with the shelves offering glimpses into the participants' lives through an analysis of their favorite books. Lovely to browse through.
This was a gift for someone. Book was received brand new and receiver of gift expressed two thumbs up.
I love this book. Imagine your bookshelf published. You are what you read. The Ideal Bookshelf is a very interesting perspective on favorite books of people from a variety of successful, creative, artistic careers. A wide range of creativity is represented; from Tony Hawks the professional snowboarder to the poet Jorie Graham. The idea is to relay to the reader how and why certain books influenced these individuals, in their own words, and perhaps get you to ask a few questions of yourself. Do your most memorable books affect your lot in life, or does your lot in life determine what you read and relish? Is your bookshelf were to be published would you be honest, or maybe pick books that make you look deep, insightful, smart? Either way you are influenced by the books you put on your bookshelf. But would you have the confidence to make it public? These showcased individuals did. An illustration accompanies each bookshelf narrative creating a colorful picturesque coffee table book. What is on your bookshelf?
This was a gift for my daughter.
It's always interesting to hear book lovers' loves, but the most illuminating elements of this book are the excellent illustrations.
Fun to look at but kind of a gimmick. Not really worth owning but maybe a good gift for a book lover, who can look at it and then pass it along, like me.