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My Ideal Bookshelf


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A star-studded line-up of writers, artists, designers, musicians, and chefs discuss their favorite books, with irresistible paintings by artist Jane Mount.

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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.


"The artist Jane Mount has been creatingbookshelf portraiture, documenting the contents of private collections incharming gouache-and-ink paintings."

--The Book Bench, New
"The artist Jane Mount has been creating bookshelf portraiture, documenting the contents of private collections in charming gouache-and-ink paintings."

--The Book Bench, New
"The books we cherish speak volumes about us, and the delightful new hardcover My Ideal Bookshelf offers a peek at those that have shaped the lives of dozens of celebrities, including rocker Patti Smith, writer Malcolm Gladwell, and skateboarder Tony Hawk, who says his choices 'are about pushing the boundaries of the mainstream.' Charmingly illustrated by Jane Mount, this is a book to savor and share."--Parade
"a perfect coffee table book. . ."--Publisher's Weekly
." . . so addicting and thoughtful it makes a solid mainstream case for bookshelf porn."---Chicago Tribune
"A perfect gift for avid and reluctant readers alike--a celebration of the depth and breadth of the written word's shaping of our lives that will guide readers to new favorites while simultaneously causing them to think about their own ideal bookshelves."--Shelf Awareness
"A bibliophilic feast for the eye, mind, heart and soul."--Kirkus
"the 100 writers, designers, chefs, artists, musicians, and others collected here turned in titles that, taken together, conspire to form the ultimate creative person's reading list."--Vogue
." . . the colorful, wonderful new offering edited by Thessaly La Force and illustrated in bookish splendor by Jane Mount."--- New York Daily News

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