My Ideal Bookshelf

Author(s): Thessaly La Force (ed.)

Literary Criticism & Essays & Journalism

A star-studded line-up of writers, artists, designers, musicians, and chefs discuss their favorite books, with irresistible paintings by artist Jane Mount.


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

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"The artist Jane Mount has been creating bookshelf portraiture, documenting the contents of private collections in charming gouache-and-ink paintings."

- The Book Bench, New Yorker.com

Jane Mount is an artist and illustrator. Her paintings of bookshelves have caught the eye of media outlets like The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Daily Candy and InStyle, among others. She lives in northern California with her husband and two cats.


Thessaly La Force is a writer and editor who has worked at The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and the New York Public Library. She is currently attending the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is working on a collection of short stories about objects and aesthetics. Thessaly divides her time between Iowa City and New York City; she also has two cats and shares a birthday with Jane.

General Fields

  • : 9780316200905
  • : Little, Brown & Company
  • : Little, Brown & Company
  • : May 2012
  • : 230mm X 178mm
  • : United States
  • : November 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Thessaly La Force (ed.)
  • : Hardback
  • : 1112
  • : Jane Mount
  • : 028.9
  • : 240
  • : Integrated: 100 colour illustrations