Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books by Nina Freudenberger (author), Sadie Stein (author), and Shade Degges (photographer)
2 out of 5 stars
I started reading this book and finished it back in June but I just haven’t had the headspace to do in-depth reviews on books. It’s all I can do to even read a book right now during COVID. The next few book reviews aren’t going to be much but I’m at least documenting that I read it.
Amazon describes this book as “A visual delight and an inspiration for every bibliophile with a growing home library, this dream-and-drool design book features some of the most jaw-dropping book collections of homeowners around the world.”
According to Goodreads, I got “a peek at the private libraries and bookshelves of passionate readers all over the world, including Larry McMurtry, Silvia Whitman of Shakespeare and Co., Gay and Nan Talese, and Emma Straub. Throughout, gorgeous photographs of rooms with rare collections, floor-to-ceiling shelves, and stacks upon stacks of books inspire readers to live better with their own collections.”
I’m going to have to disagree with that statement. It’s a good thing I didn’t buy it and just checked it out from the library. I personally didn’t find a single library that was gorgeous.
The only person I recognized in the whole book they profiled was Larry McMurty of Lonesome Dove fame. His was just ok.
I don’t remember whose library this is but no, Nina, this is not a visual delight.0