Do I Have a Place for This? That’s the title of the most recent book by Mary Randolph Carter, aka Carter. And ever since I saw it was being published this spring, I’ve wanted it.
I first discovered Carter’s books back when she published American Junkin 1994. I was immediately smitten and when she went on to publish Garden Junk, Big City Junk and other similar books, I was totally hooked, and wrote about my infatuation here.
Her newest book Never Stop to Think... Do I Have a Place for This was just released a few days ago, and of course, given the author, and the book’s title, how could I resist?And, of course, I didn’t stop to think whether I had a place for this book. I knew it would go on the shelves with her other books, which I’ve loved so much. In this book, Carter takes a close look at other collectors from around the country to see what and why they collect.
As I’ve leafed through the book, I am struck by the sheer volume and range of collections that are showcased. I discovered several years ago, that I am actually a hunter, not a collector. I love the thrill of the hunt, but I am happy to sell what I’ve found.
Like Carter’s last two books (possibly with the longest titles in history!) For the Love of Old: Living with Chipped, Frayed, Tarnished, Faded, Tattered, Worn and Weathered Things that Bring Comfort, Character and Joy to the Places We Call Home and A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life: How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc... and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place, this book is beautifully photographed and edited. I was particularly charmed by the beautiful hand-cut titles that appeared throughout the book and on its cover.
It really is!