The books that we choose to keep - let alone read - can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In THE 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.
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 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
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 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