I recently stumbled upon the beautiful book, My Ideal Bookshelf, a nonfiction title comprised of the books 100 cultural figures have selected as the books that make their “ideal bookshelf.” What are the books the we choose to keep? The ones we display for others to peruse? The books that inspire us? It is interesting to see what people like Patti Smith, James Franco, Junot Diaz, Michael Chabon and others deem worthy for their shelf. Alongside beautiful artwork of the spines of the books by artist Jane Mount, there is a one page essay on the ponderings of each collection– some suprising but always interesting. The books we keep say a lot about us. What would be the books on your ideal bookshelf?
Welcome to Newburgh Free Library’s blog Inspirations: a blog for readers and viewers.
At the Newburgh Free Library we would like to connect our community to the books and movies we love as well as get feedback from you on the books and movies that you love and want to share with others.
Of course we plan on introducing new titles that are coming out on the shelves at NFL, but we also hope to connect you with a hidden gem or two – things that you might not have discovered on your own. At our new blog, look forward to reading about staff picks, patron picks, nonfiction, mystery, and the newest in street fiction. It’s all up for discussion in Inspirations.
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