What people call you shapes how you see yourself, and teaches you how to navigate the world. But the moment you name something, you limit the possibilities of what it can be.
—  Marie Elia, who was trained as a cataloguing librarian, argues that our biases affect the way we describe books at Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Pair with our essay on “A Library of the Mind.”

Friday 28/8 - 13:46

Me and my cute classmates (on the left picture 😂) spent 2h preparing for our upcoming group discussion about “The perks of being of a Wallflower” (one of my fave books btw) at the library today.

The library is right next to our school and I love that! I’m going to spend so much time there!
Have you guys gone back to school yet?

I want to cry big, angry tears.

I sent a package to Stefan in Berlin that was not only filled with expensive gifts for him, a love letter, & several of my clothing a items & dictionaries (since I’ll be moving there soon)…
I had also put in one of my most valued possessions - a small, brand new, brown, leather pocket book that I had found in the library section of a Recycling Center in Switzerland several years ago. The book was in mint condition. Why someone would give it away, I have no idea..but I was glad they did, because I cherished it.

The cover was lined, on the top and bottom, by a row of small inlaid gold stars. In the middle of the cover (between the two rows of stars) was the image of a bear, also gold inlaid.

No title.
No author.

Printed inside were beautiful French quotes, sayings, & poems.

Now the package is lost & there is little to no hope of retrieving it.

I would give anything to get that book back.

Calling on the power of the Tumblr community (& predominately my international followers I suppose) to help me perhaps track down another one of these books - or at least something similar.

As far as I’m concerned, everything else in the package can be repurchased with ease.
But this was priceless.

Any & all help is so immensely appreciated:

Do you know what book I’m talking about or do you know of one similar I could re-purchase somewhere?

& If not, could you share this? Maybe someone who follows you could also help.

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Johann Wolfgang von Goethe! (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832)

From our stacks:

1. Cover detail of Hermann and Dorothea. From the German of Goethe.  Translated by Thomas Conrad Porter.  New York: Riker, Thorne & Co., 1854.

2. Illustration “So he felt his noble burden” from Hermann and Dorothea. By  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  Translated by Edgar Alfred Bowring, C.B. With Etchings by Hermann Faber.  Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company.  1889.

3. Novels and Tales, By Goethe.  Elective Affinities; The Sorrows of Werther; German Emigrants; The Good Women; and A Nouvelette, Translated chiefly by R. D. Boylan, Esq.  London: Henry G. Bohn, 1854.

4. ‘Perfect Bliss’ from Poems and Ballads of Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Translated by W. Edmondstone Aytoun, D.C.L. and Theodore Martin.  New York: William Gowans. 1863.