Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Kelly's TBP List [redux]

Dear Jenny,

At the beginning of 2012, I ambitiously created a "To Be Perused" (TBP) list of a bunch of art books I own that I have never spent time perusing.

A couple of moves and some other personal crap later, I only finished perusing two of the books on that list last year. Sooo... I'm going to take another stab at it. I have added two books to replace the ones I did finish so that, like the TBR list, I have 12 books + 2 alternates, in case I can't get through 2 of them.

Here are my TBP books:

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In alphabetical order, they are:
  1. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton (Author), Sølve Sundsbø (Photographer) (Completed 03.06.13)
  2. Art for the People: The Rediscovery and Preservation of Progressive and WPA-Era Murals in the Chicago Public Schools, 1904-1943 by Heather Becker
  3. Art of Modern Rock by Paul Grushkin
  4. The Audrey Hepburn Treasures by Ellen Erwin
  5. Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home by Holly Becker
  6. Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney
  7. East Bay Then and Now by Dennis Evanosky
  8. Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story by Paul Shaw
  9. Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City's Majestic Ruins by Dan Austin (Author), Sean M. Doerr (Photographer)
  10. Pictoplasma by Robert Klanten [Completed 02.21.13]
  11. Plymouth in Vintage Postcards by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens
  12. Prom by Mary Ellen Mark
  13. Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy by Abby Banks
  14. Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective by Janet Bishop
I am pretty excited to get into these books (especially since most of them are heavy and I have now moved them... twice. It's time to get crackin!)



  1. I am so glad you are revisiting this one. So many of these books sounded interesting the first time around. It's a shame to let cool books like this just...sit. I have only a few, and I inevitably get them and don't spend all that much time looking at them. I have actually stopped buying them entirely! Part of that, I think, is that we don't have a decent coffee table. These books are more tempting to purchase when you have a place to look at them. Once the go on the shelf, forget about it!

    Like you, though, I am very drawn to books about places I have lived. When we moved here, I bought a bunch of Chicago books. It's good for giving you a sense of where you are and where you've been.

    Looking forward to hearing more about these!

  2. Ha! I have never thought to put any of these books on the coffee table and the truly *stupid* part of that is that we really do have a good coffee table for them! (A shelf under the table and all). Well, I guess I should move these books! :)

    Many of these were gifts, but I do buy them sometimes if something seems interesting. Of the two newest, Plymouth in Vintage Postcards was a gift from Bill (and I am excited to give it the same treatment I did with the Alameda postcard book!) and I bought Prom after reading a review of it -- it includes a companion DVD, which is interesting.

    I am excited to peruse the Audrey Hepburn book -- it is literally a reproduction scrapbook with artifacts from her life (seriously -- like concert tickets and mail and stuff) but I think I have to start with what I think will be my quickest one, since I am over a week in already and am bogged down by my TBR book. Might be Alexander McQueen, as I am pretty sure it is alll photos and one per page. That exhibit was amazing -- excited to get a closer look at some of those items.

  3. KELLY! At least put out these 14! If they are right there in front of you, I bet you'll be more inclined to look them over. Your coffee table is PERFECT for these books.