The Uncommon Beach Read

It’s that time of year again when everyone from buzzfeed to the New York Times has a list of must-read Summer books, the infamous Beach Read (for all our days at the beach – if only I had so many!).   My husband and I found a tiny spot in Mexico a few years ago well...

All I Want for Christmas… Is Books!

Christmas Gift Lists Tis the season for sharing; the season for carols, candy canes, candles, and cozy nights by the fire. It’s also the time of year for gift lists: “The Person Who Has Everything” “The Tech Lover” “Your Little Sister/Brother” “That Girl You Just...

Know your books: Every Bookshelf is Different

I buy more books than most people… on the long list of reasons I am your Library Stylist! But that doesn’t take away from the fact that my favorite Christmas gift from my husband every year is a collection of new books.  He goes out of his way and hunts in our local...

Library Style: 3 Great Ideas to Organize your Books

There are so many ways to organize your home library, from the super-strict Dewey Decimal system, to the super-loose, stack 'em on the floor approach. Most of us fall somewhere in between, gravitating towards alphabetical order of some sort or a scheme that is...

Man Booker Prize: Love, Hate, and Must-Read

I have a love-hate relationship with the Man Booker prize. On the one hand, how can you not absolutely respect the writers whose work meets the unbelievably broad, yet impossibly demanding qualification: to be “the best novel of the year written in English and...

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Fierce Kingdom

If your Library Style includes: smart, intense thrillers; sharp character studies; stories of parental devotion I picked up Gin Phillips' much-hyped Fierce Kingdom with a healthy dose of skepticism. Reviews described it as a testament to the lengths parents go to...

Welcome to the Library Stylist

The Library Stylist began - of course - in my own Home Library. While two entire walls of my dining room are lined with books, it's the books that sit opposite my chair at the table that seem to collectively generate special meaning in my life. The collection changes,...

My Top 5 Favorite Bookstores

Whenever I travel, I make sure to find 2 things: local farmer’s markets and local bookstores. It doesn’t matter if I am in town a few hours or a few weeks, chances are I find at least one, if not both! I also have my favorites here in Chicago (although there are so...