Books & Beauty

A photographic tribute to libraries and the treasures they hold

The Public Library

The Public Library

By Robert Dawson

Hardcover, 192 pages, $35 (Princeton Architectural Press)

 

Photographer Robert Dawson spent nearly 20 years crisscrossing the country and clicking away inside and outside public libraries of all shapes and sizes, from majestic urban cathedrals to humble remote house trailers. In addition to hundreds of evocative color and black and white images, this beautiful collection of his work features a foreword by Bill Moyers, an afterword by Ann Patchett, and essays, letters and poetry celebrating libraries and reading by Anne Lamont, Amy Tan, E.B. White, Dr. Seuss and others. It’s a literary feast for the eyes and food for the soul for anyone who loves books and appreciates libraries for the treasures they hold.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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