Friday, November 12, 2010

book week: reader favorites

Before I wrap up book week with one last post of my own, I thought it would be fun to hear from some of you. I asked on monday what your own favorites are, and you did not disappoint ~ delighting me with everything from luscious photographic essays of brick and mortar houses to the fictional homes of childhood tales. Some I know well, while others are revelations:

Frau S (bad hausfrau): At Home: The American Family 1750-1870, by Elizabeth D. Garrett

Patricia (pve): Terence Conran's New House Book

Meg (Pigtown*Design) ~ any book by Mary Randolph Carter!

Gaye (little augury): Bowens Court & Seven Winters, by Elizabeth Bowen, and China Court: The Hours of a Country House, by Rumer Godden

the gentleman: Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away, by Elizabeth Enright (a niece of Frank Lloyd Wright), and Het Hollandse Pronkpoppenhuis (The Magnificent Dutch Dollhouse), by Jet Pijzel-Dommisse

Stefan (Architect Design): Carolands, by Michael Middleton Dwyer, with photographs by Mick Hales

Jenny E: Castles in the Air, by Judy Corbett

home before dark: English Country Style, by Mary Gilliatt, and Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

Chris Storb (In Proportion to the Trouble): Philip Wallace's Colonial Houses, Philadelphia, Pre-Revolutionary Period (published in 1931, and reprinted 1960 by Bonana)

I think (*ahem*) my Amazon wish list has grown a bit this week.

Thank you all for contributing. And if I could, I would give you all a copy of Old Houses. But, alas, there is only one. And I am delighted to say that Chris Storb's bookshelf has expanded a bit!

(photograph of Hyde Hall, by Steve Gross and Susan Daley, from Old Houses)


Style Court said...

I second Meg's emotion re Mary Randolph Carter. Thanks for pulling all of this together, Janet!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't say I never win anything anymore! Thanks so much. I look forward to catching up with some of the titles mentioned. And I'm definitely playing the lottery next week.

The Down East Dilettante said...

And I remember the first time I saw the photograph above in old houses. It was astonishing, that gilt torch from a curtain rod just sitting there forgotten by time.


Great posts and great lists. I am very impressed with the gentleman. Two of my personal favorites, just re-read this summer and permanently ensconced on my bookshelves along with China Court (which would have been my suggestion, had I remembered to make one).

mytwocentsworth said...

I, too, have all the Mary Randolph Carter books, and anxiously await seeing her newest one. Thanks to your tip, I have purchased my own copy of Old Houses. For your other readers, copies are still out there and can be had for a reasonable price.

Enjoy your blog very much!

Anonymous said...

JCB: So much fun. Honored to be asked to contribute
HOME: I love the houses in age of innocence - I could be very happy with the Countess's townhouse in an unfashionable-yet-respectable part of New York and the Ven Der Luyden's old patroon house in the country. KDM

the gentleman said...

Linda - thanks for the comments! I read the Gone-Away books as a child, and the line drawings by Beth & Joe Crush remain my Victorian ideal (iron roof cresting, newel post gaslights, etc.)

KDM - you can visit the "old patroon house" because it is a museum called the Luykas Van Alen House near Kinderhook, New York (Columbia County Historical Society).

Miss B. said...

what a great idea! and a beautiful photo!