Monday, July 14, 2008

Bound - To Be Determined

Chuck and I recently watched a television report on high end bookbinding on “CBS Sunday Morning”. The exquisite bindings by Herb Weitz and Jamie Kamph were dazzlingly beautiful and tremendously expensive.

That prompted Chuck to pose the following question:
If you could choose one book to have bound in a fabulously deluxe, once-in-a-lifetime way, what book would you choose?

Would it be a childhood favorite - perhaps the book one of your parents read to you at bedtime?
Would it be the first book that turned you on to a new genre or a new way of thinking about life?
Would it be something you wrote yourself?
Would it be a religious text?
Would it be your favorite cookbook?

I confess, I can’t decide. Neither can Chuck!
I thought about my favorite dictionary; The RH2 - The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, Unabridged.
I thought about the book of poetry that my poem “Two Days In August” was published in.
Or perhaps “A Lantern In Her Hand “ by Bess Streeter Aldrich, which was the first stunningly powerful book I ever read as a child.
Then again, maybe “Gone With The Wind” which I read every summer all through junior high and high school.
Oh my! There are so many wonderful possibilities!

What book would you choose?


dancingmorganmouse said...

Nope, can't choose, I don't think I can even narrow it down.

Roo said...

It would have to be my fisrt book I can recollect being give - The Tale of Samuel Whiskers.

.....or Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres (spell check?)

.... or "Eric" a compelling and moving story of a mother's love for her child, I could go on!!

purpleronnie said...

This is too hard!!! There are so many I would choose. Too many favs.. but maybe one of my Jane Austens that I adore.

Pink Granite said...

Hi All -
The fact that none of us can choose, speaks to our deep and abiding love of books and our appreciation for their importance in our lives.
Books have educated, comforted, amused and transported us, yes?
- Lee