Thessaly La Force (Editor), Jane Mount (Illustrator)
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.
“A bibliophilic feast for the eye, mind, heart and soul.” (Kirkus )
“a perfect coffee table book. . .” (Publisher’s Weekly )
“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 )
“. . . so addicting and thoughtful it makes a solid mainstream case for bookshelf porn.” (-Chicago Tribune )
“. . . the colorful, wonderful new offering edited by Thessaly La Force and illustrated in bookish splendor by Jane Mount.” (– New York Daily News )