The dreamy Librairie Albertine Reparue in New York

If Paris has the beautiful Shakespeare and Company bookshop, New York rather has the dreamy Librairie Albertine Reparue.

Photo by Jewel Samad New Yorker/AFP/GETTY

On the second floor of the shop, the ceiling is decorated with a night sky and a zodiac motif inspired by ceiling frescos from the Italian Renaissance, a time “when science and poetry were not separated,” …There are small leatherish sofas, and chairs upholstered in emerald velvet placed around a table in a reading room, so that you can browse through the store’s offerings, which also include a hundred and thirty-seven volumes from the Pléiade. Along with Proust and Lévi-Strauss and Colette and Montaigne and Flaubert, you can find Henry James, Kafka, Melville, Jane Austen, and Shakespeare, just in case you thought it might be time to have a go at them in French (“Est-il plus noble pour l’esprit de souffrire / Les coups et les flèches d’une injurieuse fortune, / Ou prendre les armes contre une mer de tourments, / Et, on les affrontant, y mettre fin?”). — Albertine Reparue: A French Bookshop in New York, The New York

This bookshop sits fabulously at the 972 Fifth Ave.

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The Ghost of Heaven - requested by ameliavolkova

I haven’t read this yet so I can’t tell you about it. It was a book I recently bought. The blurb really caught my attention, as well as the beautiful cover and pages. I feel like this is a book that could keep me interetsed for months.

Blurb: There are four quarters to this novel by award winning author Marcus Sedwick. They can be read in any order and the story will work. They are assembled here in just one of twenty-four possible combinations, this order makes one kind of sense, but the reader should free free to choose a different order, and a different sense if desired.

Goodreads description: A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Palaeolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.

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Theory and Practice of Design: An Advanced Textbook on Decorative Art by Frank G. Jackson, 1896

I only came to know of this book when someone brought it up to buy in the shop! Too bad, I would’ve loved to have this in my collection. It was published on the cusp of the rise of Art Nouveau movement, which is very evident in the illustrations. However, a lot of them still cling to classical influence- it makes an interesting dichotomy.

I especially like the page on the incorporation of root vegetables as design elements, as well as the winged dog.