A celebration of the meaning and comfort printed books bring to our homes and lives, from the curation and design experts at Juniper Books.
Explore the significance of the home library, embellished with alluring photography and illustrations, in a keepsake worthy of any bibliophile’s collection. For the Love of Books shares the vision of Juniper Books, a business that embraces the roles that books fulfill in our lives and their staying power. It recounts the history of books and private libraries, and champions the resilience of books in the digital era. Dive into the nuances that define books for reading, books for decoration, and books for inspiration. Instructive chapters provide useful details for creating and curating one’s own home library, whether it be a single shelf or multiple rooms each with their own collection. You will never look at your bookshelves the same way again.
For the Love of Books is about storytelling beyond the pages of our favorite books. Our books―the ones we choose to keep―tell the story of who we are. They remind us who we once were and who we aspire to be.
Thatcher Wine founded Juniper Books in 2001. The company creates custom libraries and has perfected the art of turning books inside out to allow for books to tell stories not just to us, but about us. Working with booklovers, homeowners, and designers, Juniper Books has provided the world with a fresh new approach to the printed book. Thatcher grew up in New York City where his parents owned and operated The Quilted Giraffe, one of the most innovative restaurants in America. Thatcher graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and art history and lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Elizabeth Lane is the founder of Quarterlane, a quarterly subscription book service which merged with Juniper Books in 2018. She is also the book buyer for her local independent bookstore, Partners Village Store and Kitchen in Westport, Massachusetts. Prior to working in books, Elizabeth worked in contemporary visual art―in galleries, nonprofit initiatives and museums in New York, Austin, and Chicago. Elizabeth graduated from Davidson College with a degree in art history and received her masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"For the Love of Books ... outlines how to create the perfect library in any setting and how to completely re-think your shelves at home." -
Town & Country
"This book ... is perfect for a coffee table--or a home library. The print-obsessed Wine created the text out of his personal love for thoughtfully curated personal libraries and book design. Packed with tips and personal anecdotes, this book is a fun (and meta) read for someone hoping to incorporate a book just like this one into their living space." - Fast Company
"In this book about books, the design experts at Juniper Books weigh in on how the physical books we keep tell a bigger story about who we are, and provide tips and advice on how to create and curate your personal collection to lasting effect."- Jetsetter.com
"Wine''s curated collections and custom book jackets demonstrate how books can be meticulously choreographed to transform ordinary shelves into artistic masterpieces." - NBCNews.com
"Who doesn''t love a gorgeous coffee table book--especially when it''s inspiring and practical, as this new design guide is. Perfect for the stylish bibliophile on your list, For the Love of Books... shares philosophies and tips on curating and designing a beautiful home library, whether yours is a simple shelf or an entire room." - 5280 Magazine
"A room without books is like a body without a soul." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
You don''t have to be a voracious reader to love surrounding yourself with books or enjoy having books in your home. Books make us feel comfortable, they are sources of inspiration, information and entertainment.
If you are holding this book in your hands, odds are, you already love books. Most likely, we''re not trying to convince you of a new hobby or interest. This book is more about identifying the meaning in it all -- what all those books on your shelves say about you and what you can do to have them say a little more, more clearly.
The ideas and images in this book are shared to inspire a more enriching life through books -- both reading and decorating with them. Perhaps they encourage you to bring more books into your home or to highlight what you already have in a new way. If the pages unfold and allow you to dream of possibilities never considered with books, we will be thrilled.
In the fast paced, digitally saturated, screen-overloaded era we live in, we believe that printed books are a refuge of space and time. It''s ok to slow down and read, it''s ok to fill your home and your shelves with printed books and to celebrate the comfort and meaning they provide in our lives. We think it''s something that we all crave whether we know it or not.
One final note before we get to the books. We believe that if you print something and it takes up physical space, it should be worth keeping forever. We hope that we''ve written and designed this book to be worthy of a space on your coffee table or bookshelves and that it becomes part of your story in the same way that your books are interwoven into who you are.
Thatcher & Elizabeth
Thatcher Wine is the founder of Juniper Books, which creates custom book collections for purchase and designs custom libraries for a variety of clients. Thatcher and his company have been featured in publications including the
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and
Departures. Juniper Books sets are regularly showcased in the gift guides of
Oprah, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, Glamour and other magazines. Thatcher lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his family.