A collection of GS&E's chosen most beautiful books....
NICK BANTOCK'S "GRIFFIN & SABINE"
Nick Bantock's beautifully written correspondence around the balance between "love and fear, male and female, body and mind, and world and image." This story is told through a trilogy of books with removable letters and postcards between the two main characters. You truly feel like you are reading other people's love letters, watching what happens between them unfold and going through the emotions with them. These books never leave my thoughts or heart.
SLIM AARON'S "A PLACE IN THE SUN"
Slim Aaron's was the celebrity photographer of the "golden age" - his photos are almost impossible today. The photos are lit so beautifully and the moments captured are so idyllic. Capturing beautiful people in the 60's and 70's, tons of trends and magic were photographed. His "A Place in the Sun" as well as "Once Upon A Time" really capture golden, gorgeous and trend-setting days in such luminous light. And his photos live happily ever after....
JOAN DIDION'S "THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING"
This Joan Didion book is brutally honest, deeply sad and truly a beautiful masterpiece. It really shows you how to live each day with the ones you love and know it could end and change at any moment. Nothing is bigger than death. Anything can be overcome when you put your perspective into her history. It made me very sad but it also taught me a close lesson that everyday, every moment is important to love, be kind, take the time to appreciate where you are and who you love. Don't take a thing in your life for granted.
LEE RADZIWILL'S "HAPPY TIMES"
Lee Radziwill's beautiful book is part notebook and part photo album of her happiest time with sister Jacqueline Kennedy in the 60's. The photos are insanely amazing. In the back of the book are pages from their beautifully co-written and illustrated book "One Special Summer." It is like having a telescope peak into the childhood thoughts of two very intriguing and fascinating women.
NORTON JUSTER'S "THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH"
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH has been an obsession of mine since I was in fourth grade. I still think it is beyond it's time and really special for a child or even an adult to discover. Milo is so bored. One day, he receives an unusual package - a make believe toll-booth. He is transported to the Lands Beyond - an amazing world of imagination. Nothing is boring ever again. It still makes me happy seeing it glowing back at me in my bookshelf.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD'S "THE GREAT GATSBY"
THE GREAT GATSBY is all the things I love....a beautiful and sad love story...in a time I find interesting and inspiring...beautiful visuals in every area...a haunting story of triumph and tragedy. One of the only books whose movie was made even better with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford. The costumes are so beautiful I could cry!
ALEXANDRE DUMAS' "CAMILLE"
The beautiful book "CAMILLE" is such a lovely reminder that money doesn't buy everything or equate happiness. Happiness could come rich or poor, beautiful or ugly, happy or sad...
LEWIS CARROLL'S "ALICE AU PAYS DES MERVEILLES"
The gorgeous French version book of Alice In Wonderland...
"Eh bien, vois-tu, un chien gronde lorsqu'il est en colere, et remue la queue lorsqui"il est content. Or, moi."
GORDON KERR'S "GONERS"
I have given GONERS out to so many people because I learned so much from it. First, it is always interesting to hear about notable people's final days and hours. But in this book, I learned that Alexander the Great loved to party after fighting, that Charles Dickens had lunch, smoked a cigar and wrote the day he had a stroke out of nowhere, that Marie Antoinette apologized to her executioner for stepping on his toes before her head was chopped off and that Elvis sat down at his piano and sang "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" the night he was to die which became the last song he ever sang. This book is hauntingly amazing.
DONALD H. WOLFE'S "THE LAST DAYS OF MARILYN MONROE"
A sad and in-depth account of her final days. Many details not widely known. I could not stop reading this book.
"Love is eternal...until it ends" ................
JEAN STEIN'S "EDIE"
I find any book on Edie Sedgwick to be beautiful but this book is written with many voices, including her family and close friends. As the book says, "all glitter and flash on the outside, all hollow and desperate within."
"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you've lost a friend." - Paul Sweeney
All these friends are nestled safe in my home.