Taking her cue from Walter Benjamin’s famous essay about book collecting (and arranging), Harvard English professor Leah Price has assembled a book-length tour of writers’ libraries.
Thirteen writers opened their homes and libraries to Price: The list includes Alison Bechdel, Stephen Carter, Junot Díaz, Claire Messud (and her partner, James Wood), Rebecca Goldstein (and her partner, Steven Pinker), Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart, and Edmund White. Each one sat for a short interview and selected ten favorite volumes for Price to photograph. But the best thing about this book is the way it lingers, at length, over each author’s actual bookshelves, with results that fall midway between autobiography and intellectual EKG.
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