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Say what you will about the convenience of e-readers—in my opinion, nothing could ever replace the feel of a real book. Fellow bibliophiles, take note: our May release The Repurposed Library offers a creative antidote to the digital age. Author and artist Lisa Occhipinti rescues old and orphaned books, transforming their careworn hardcovers and yellowed pages into stylish home decor and objets d’art. Her collection of 33 projects includes a Literary Lampshade, a Story Time Clock, and Narrative Vases (click here for an image gallery).
I’m just back from the longest holiday I’ve had since coming to work at ABRAMS—I’ve spent 8 days in Holland. My husband has distant relatives in Zeeland and so we made our base there and then visited small cities each day. We saw Goes (pronounced HOOSH), Middelburg and Delft as well as Amsterdam and Zeirkzee and had a wonderful time in each little city admiring the canals and the shops and the scenery.
We were in Delft on a Saturday and it was very nearly impossible to find a place to leave our car. A local man came to our rescue and walked us to an underground garage just as we were preparing to give up and go home. We parked several levels below ground, figured out how to pay (everything was in Dutch!) and rode several escalators upwards to the street. Happily for us, there was a pub across the street and, after fortifying ourselves with excellent beer, cheese and meat, we set out shopping.
Around Mothers Day, when our thoughts turn to the women who raised us, the memories get all sepia-toned, and greeting card homilies really seem like small pieces of fact-checked journalism. Mothers can be the most supportive and nurturing people in our lives. But they can also embarrass us like no one else. Adam Chester probably knows more than anyone about how far a son can be tested. The evidence? S’Mother, a new Abrams Image book with the telling subtitle, The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She’s Mailed Him. To honor Adam’s suffering, I took a quick poll around the Abrams office for a couple of anonymous anecdotes that may or may not make it into Hallmark’s next Mother’s Day line.