A few weeks ago, the ever brilliant Maison 21 did a hilarious post about listening to your inner Junque Whisperer. As I said in the comments, I fully endorse this philosophy and it's lead me to some wonderful finds. Of course, since he's not reading this, he won't be able to hear what that voice told me: Go. Book. Thing. Now. Of course, that voice said this last week, and I was going to do it anyway, but I am sure glad I listened.
As my partner in crime, Kitchenography sailed out of there with about three small cookbooks and one little periodical, I was dragging my classic LLBean bag full of books out the door and across the driveway. But, damn it was worth the pulled back muscles and strained arms.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, BT's been a little light on the good decorating books recently, so after I zipped through that section, I headed back to the biography section and struck gold! First up, a biography of Vivienne Westwood, purveyor of 60's punk design in London. I can't wait to read this book, I am sure it will be every bit as interesting as her clothes!
Speaking of clothes, I also got a book by Barney's window dresser, Simon Doonan. I have his Wacky Chicks book, which is great and very funny. This new one is called "Nasty" and is about his family and other varmints.
In a look back to the roaring 20's, I found a book called "Them" by Francine du Plessix Gray. Her name rang a bell with me, and I thought this book about her parents looked like it would be a very interesting read.
Another great find was DV, a new edition of the classic book by design doyenne, Diana Vreeland. I might have an earlier version of this, but this book has a new foreward.
As I ventured back to the design section, I saw it had been restocked. I found a really funny book by Sir Osbert Lancaster, no relation to Nancy. The book, Homes, Sweet Homes, is written by Sir Osbert and illustrated with his cartoons. He's one of the only cartoonists ever to be knighted.
One of the most interesting things I found was a series of four books called Courtiers and Favourites of Royalty. These books look to have been published in the late 1800's and are full of facsimiles of old letters, as well as loads of illustrations. I am really looking forward to spending some time exploring these books.
My wee house is getting very crowded!