What’s On Your Bookshelf?

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My Ideal Bookshelf was recently published. We have it in our collection, although it is checked out and I haven’t yet seen it. I have read about it, however.

The premise is that the books we keep, let alone read, say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. The author asked dozens of cultural figures – authors, filmmakers, chefs, architects – to select a small bookshelf worth of books to represent themselves.

What books would you select if you had been asked? I’m still pondering this for myself. As I look around my bookshelves at home, I see favorite novels, biographies of presidents especially Lincoln, memoirs by women, some autographed children’s books. I’m not sure these are the ones I would select to say who I am but for various reasons and at various times, those are the books I have chosen to have on my shelves.

What’s on your shelf that says who you are? If you can’t select the entire shelf, how about one title?


My Ideal Bookshelf

Posted by Ann Rohrbaugh at 12/03/2012 08:24:39 AM | 

Essays and Poems, by Ralph Waldo Emerson. that's it. that's all I need.
Posted by: Matt S ( Email ) at 12/3/2012 11:50 AM

Anything by Jane Austen.
Posted by: Bethany B. ( Email ) at 12/3/2012 1:11 PM

Edith Wharton
Posted by: Angelinar ( Email ) at 12/5/2012 4:42 PM

Walt Whitman
Posted by: keith ( Email ) at 12/6/2012 10:51 AM

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