My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force

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11 Critic Reviews

...a visually entrancing collection of illustrations...
-LA Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Thessaly La Force

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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 Jane.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 13 2012

A bibliophilic feast for the eye, mind, heart and soul.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 03 2012

The brevity of the interviews and dynamic illustrations make this a perfect coffee table book

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Book Reporter on Nov 01 2012

This is a perfect gift for avid readers, writers, and all who have known the influence of a great book.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Sep 23 2012

...a visually entrancing collection of illustrations...

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Eby on Dec 04 2012

Thessaly La Force's collection of essays on cultural figures' favorite books will fascinate any bibliophile.

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NY Daily News

Good
Reviewed by Alexander Nazaryan on Nov 25 2012

...colorful, wonderful new offering edited by Thessaly La Force and illustrated in bookish splendor by Jane Mount. The concept is as simple as it is intriguing...

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The West End Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Stuart Nulman on Dec 07 2012

The books that these personalities have chosen for their respective ideal bookshelves are just as diverse and distinctive as the people that are profiled for this volume.

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The Paris Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Sadie Stein on Oct 24 2012

We are so excited about My Ideal Bookshelf

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FineBooks & Collections

Excellent
Reviewed by Rebecca Rego Barry on Dec 05 2012

It is a perfect gift for the book lover in your life.

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PaperMag

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Thompson on Nov 13 2012

Potential holiday gift for the bibliophile in your life.

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Poets and Writers

Excellent
Reviewed by Poets and Writers on Oct 31 2012

Each shelf displays the spines of loved, inspiring, and influential books.

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