“There are blogs for obsessions on beauty, fashion, art, but nothing devoted to the romance of reading,” says J.B. Taylor.
To share her love of vintage, offbeat books, the L.A. native created The Librarian (thelibrarian.com), a site that peeks inside the private libraries of people like India Hicks and celebrates book design, collectors and indie bookshops. “Making time to read is a luxury,” says Taylor. “It should be indulged in.” She also sources and curates vintage collections for retailers like Nickey Kehoe and Freda in Marfa, Texas, as well as private clients, marrying design and content. “I hope my custom libraries feel emotional and soulful.” Here, three of her current favorites:
• My Life and Times by Henry Miller (1971)—“Celebrates the provocateur’s art, journals and bohemian Big Sur lifestyle.”
• Collage by Herta Wescher (1963)—“One of my favorite art forms in an inspiring tome.”
• Trees for Town and Country by Brenda Colvin (1972)—“A beautifully illustrated guide to tree cultivation.”
Edited by ANDREA STANFORD.