Unpacking My Library
Yale University Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Hardcover / e-Book
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As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through
digital means, the significance of the book as
objectâ€”whether pristine collectible or battered relicâ€”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
Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books
features the personal libraries of Alison Bechdel,
Stephen Carter, Junot DÃaz, Rebecca Goldstein and
Stephen Pinker, Lev Grossman and Sophie Gee, Jonathan
Lethem, Claire Messud and James Wood, Philip Pullman,
Gary Shteyngart, and Edmund White.
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