I spent the better part of yesterday at the showrooms ordering books for Watson Kennedy. Heaven, pure heaven. I love having quite a mix of books for our offerings in that category, so it is fun to weed through stack after stack and shelf after shelf looking for titles that catch my eye. At dinner last night, I explained to TPS that ordering books is a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack–as you are in a space filled with exactly the same things, books, and you have to sort through both visually, intellectually & emotionally within seconds of seeing a title. It is stimulating and exhausting all at the same time. Up side, I think I chose some real gems. Cooking, design, art, inspirational, are but a few of the categories that I found titles. The above book, Parisians, was one of my choices. Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel. This is going to be great WestWard reading this week-end. All the new titles will start arriving at the shops in the coming weeks.
Thank you Paul and Judy for a fabulous book filled day!