My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

Book - 2014
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From Maira Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, comes this beautiful pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

With more than fifty original paintings and featuring bestselling author and illustrator Maira Kalman's signature handwritten prose, My Favorite Things is a poignant and witty meditation on the importance of both quotidian and unusual objects in our culture and private worlds.

Created in the same colorful, engaging, and insightful style as her previous works, which have won her fans around the world, My Favorite Things features more than fifty objects from both the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Kalman's personal collections: the pocket watch Abraham Lincoln was carrying when he was shot, original editions of Winnie-the-Pooh and Alice in Wonderland, a handkerchief in memoriam of Queen Victoria, an Ingo Maurer lamp, Rietveld's Z chair, a pair of Toscanini's pants, and photographs Kalman has taken of people walking towards and away from her. A pictorial index provides photographs of the actual objects and a short description of them, enhancing the reading experience.

As it speaks to the universal experience and importance of beloved objects in our lives--big and small, famous and private--this unique work is a fresh way of examining and understanding our society, history, culture, and ourselves.

Publisher: New York : Harper Design, 2014.
ISBN: 9780062122971
Branch Call Number: 727.70974 KAL
Characteristics: 145 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm


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Oct 29, 2017

Maira Kalman is quirky, artistic and creative. "My Favorite Things" is not my favorite book of hers but it is clever and engaging! A little bit about her life, the Cooper-Hewitt National design Museum in NYC with her vibrant illustrations! More Fun!!

Apr 12, 2017

The first part could have been poignant, but was just self promotional; the second part was commercial advertising; and (thank goodness) I've forgotten what the third part was about. An artist who's figured out how to exploit the current fetish among adults for childish pleasures.

Let's get one thing straight - Maira Kalman is a literary and artistic genius. Her quirky art paired with her beautiful words is a recipe for magic. In this book, Kalman was invited by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City to curate a book based on her favorite items from their collection which she pairs with memoir-ish vignettes from her life. There's no part of this book that is unpleasant - I enjoyed it immensely from beginning to end. That said, I found myself wanting more. I wanted to go deeper into her life and I wanted more art. To borrow a terrible reality tv-ism, I wanted her to take it to the next level. I brought this with me on vacation and I finished it before the plane took off. This book is like a beautiful confection from an expensive candy shop - delicious and sweet, but ephemeral and not satisfying enough for meal. Definitely check this book out, just make sure it isn't the only book you check out.

Mar 24, 2015

This book is not my cup of tea. I love the premise... the author chooses objects from a museum collection and uses them to describe her own memories. But her whimsical illustrations don't do justice to the objects. I'm not saying she's bad artist. But, in this context, I'd rather have seen expert illustrations or good photographs of the museum pieces.

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