Cozy Factor: With the warm colors and soft light, I would say pretty darn cozy, although the dining chairs might need a cushion.
The Books: In addition to a shelf of auction catalogs and a shelf of cookbooks and food writing, this person has quite a few book of the month type books and with an emphasis on best selling non-fiction.
- The Chief (bio of Randolph Hearst)
- Titan (bio of Rockefeller)
- Churchill bio
- Thatcher bio
- Driven Patriot (bio of James Forrestal - Truman's Secretary of Defense)
- The Bell Curve (the controversial book that suggested that there is a correlation between genes and intelligence--with racial overtones)
- Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken (does this balance out all the conservative stuff or was it a gift from a lefty friend?)
- George Stephanopolous' memoir
- Two books on American financier Bernard Baruch
- The Triumph of Politics by David Stockman - Stockman was Reagan's budget guy and progenitor of supply-side economics. Interestingly, Stockman was just quoted in Rolling Stone in November saying: "The Republican Party has totally abdicated its job in our democracy, which is to act as the guardian of fiscal discipline and responsibility. They're on an anti-tax jihad -- one that benefits the prosperous classes."
- Undaunted Courage
- Guns, Germs and Steel
The Shelves: I like the way the backs are painted in a darker color but I am not sure I like the proportions and profile of the mill work. I particularly don't like how the TV is built in. Not because it is a TV in a library but because I think building in any appliance is foolish and the proportions of the trip work look terrible.
Is this person a reader? Pretty sure it is a married couple...Yes they are readers, but I don't think I would find them very interesting.
The book I would read if I had to choose one: Probably the Thatcher bio. It would get me ready for the Meryl Streep portrayal out next year. Plus I wouldn't mind reading more about that period of British history.