Full of information on shelving and lighting, and with advice on organizing and caring for books, this title takes us into the houses of 40 booklovers to view their very personal libraries and reading spaces.
I have seen men hazard their fortunes, go on long journeys halfway around the world, forge friendships, even lie, cheat, and steal, all for the gain of a book. — A.S.W. Rosenbach
To Sam, who was the first to say yes. — E.E.
For Sophie and Hugh, my favorite readers. — C.S.
For Karen. — C.S.S.
Why do we feel so passionate about books, and why do we accumulate them in a seemingly uncontrollable fashion throughout our lives? Our libraries express something more than learning — they link us with the past, present, and future in a way that is portable, affordable, and aesthetically pleasurable.
On disposing of unwanted books: If the books you are discarding don't seem worth the bother, leave them outside on a city street. They will almost certainly disappear within days.