16 Apr 2011

Book Review - At Home With Books by Estelle Ellis and Caroline Seebohm

At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries

Number of Pages - 256

Publisher - Clarkson Potter

My Review - 10 out of 10

Less a book about libraries, as its Dewey classification asserts, than an interior-design album, this lavish tome yet stresses the importance of books in the lives of even the rich and famous, even when they're not writers. Oh, some whose book troves appear do write for a living: for instance, poet Richard Howard, whose small New York apartment walls are near-totally covered with books. Others whose entire names are famous include designer Bill Blass and Rolling Stone Keith Richards, but of the rest, a few just have impressive surnames (Rothschild, Getty, Biddle), one has a title (the duke of Devonshire), and the remainder have monikers as discreet as their fortunes are large. A terrific browsing book, thanks to Christopher Simon Sykes' tasteful photos, helpfully concluded by a resource directory of tony rare-book dealers, book fairs, bookbinders, sources of library furnishings, etc

I absolutely loved this book from the first page to the last.  I enjoyed finding out more about books and people's libraries and even cured by nosy nature by being able to see other people's libraries too! 

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