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Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books by [Price, Leah]
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In its beautiful design, Unpacking My Library is itself an argument for the continuing vitality of physical books and the libraries that contain them.The Boston GlobeThe Boston Globe'Filled with juicy details about how writers read, collect, and live with their books.Jean Temarin, The Chronicle of Higher EducationJean TemarinThe Chronicle of Higher EducationWinner of the 2012New York Book Show Award in General Trade Jacket, as given by the New York Book ShowJacket Cover Design PrizeNew York Book Show'any of the observations may help disorganized book nuts bring some shape to the mishmash of books we call our own libraries.'Alan Bisbort, The Sunday RepublicanAlan BisbortThe Sunday RepublicanUnpacking My Library is a wild, wide world of authors and their books. Maul it savagely or gently caress it.Fine Books and CollectionsFine Books and Collections'There are many expensive coffee table books about books and libraries, but for a relatively modest cost, Price's volume offers a gorgeous set of pictures . . . lovely book.'Harvey Freedenberg, Harrisburg MagazineHarvey FreedenbergHarrisburg Magazine'sensual pleasure for the eyes, and a book fans of the writers, and of books and libraries, will enjoy.'Jeff Bursey, Rain TaxiJeff BurseyRain Taxi

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As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object—whether pristine collectible or battered relic—is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who share their collections with readers. Stunning photographs provide full views of the libraries and close-ups of individual volumes: first editions, worn textbooks, pristine hardcovers, and childhood companions.

In her introduction, Leah Price muses on the history and future of the bookshelf, asking what books can tell us about their owners and what readers can tell us about their collections. Supplementing the photographs are Price's interviews with each author, which probe the relation of writing to reading, collecting, and arranging books. Each writer provides a list of top ten favorite titles, offering unique personal histories along with suggestions for every bibliophile.

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books features the personal libraries of Alison Bechdel, Stephen Carter, Junot Díaz, Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker, Lev Grossman and Sophie Gee, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud and James Wood, Philip Pullman, Gary Shteyngart, and Edmund White.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12443 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (29 November 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300180586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300180589
  • ASIN: B007Q281AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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