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2016 Books for Book Lovers
BOOKS FOR BOOK LOVERS!
The New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein has brilliantly illustrated independent bookstores from around the world, including several that are no longer in business. The colorful paintings are accompanied by quirky and amusing stories about writers, customers, and booksellers. This fascinating selection of seventy five bookstores includes several that I have visited, others I have heard of, but a good number that are new to me. The book has an interesting format, with a flip up jacketless hard cover that reveals horizontal pages. And after you have enjoyed the visual and written description of the seventy five bookstores, there are endnotes and miscellany to peruse. This is a delightful book for any bibliophile. ~Joan
I loved this book! It traces the history of one of the most famouse bookstores in the world--Shakespeare and Company in Paris. The editor Krista Halverson pulled together hundreds of photos, poems, newspaper articles, empemera, and reminiscences giving the reader a spectacular portrait of this iconic bookshop. George Whitman, an American expat, opened the shop in 1951 after the original Sylvia Beach shop had been closed for 10 years. The bookshop has been a haven for writers from the Beats to present day. In exchange for helping out people can sleep in the bookshop. Over 30,000 tumbleweeds, as they are called, have been nocturnal guests! ~Joan
In this short, intense personal essay, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri examines the art of the book jacket through the eyes of an author and a reader. She views the dust jacket as a uniform that envelops the author’s writing, making it concrete and definitive. “If the process of writing is a dream, the book cover represents the awakening,” Lahiri writes. She analyzes how dust jackets mediate the relationships between the reader and author, providing, “a door through which to enter the text”. Lahiri examines the design of series books, reflects on how book jacket designs vary by geography, and explains how the iconic post-modern designs of Vanessa Bell for Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press became “optical echoes” of their texts. This is an ideal gift for the book lover in your life. ~Mark