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Books are more than objects. They are filled with ideas, stories, versions of ourselves, memories. Bookshelves are like your wardrobe: they send a message. And the message these famous book lovers shared with us how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar is loud and clear: books spark joy.

As soon as you walk in the door, there is a shelf with at least 12 art books: egon schiele, mark rothko, frida kahlo, andy warhol, paul klee. Above that are my most prized books. I have a first-edition signed toni morrison “beloved.” I have langston hughes’ “montage of a dream deferred.” I have claude brown’s “manchild in the promised land,” first-edition james baldwins, first-edition richard wrights, old black folk-tale books from julius lester, countee cullen, all kinds of very rare books.

I’m only really careful with the langston hughes because it’s so rare and so fragile. Books are to be handled; even though I love them and they are prized possessions, I don’t want to glass-case them. I just can’t see myself hiding things that I consider art.

I pick them up all the time. There are moments when I’m in my office and those books in there don’t always do it, so I need to shake loose. I go up to the front of the house and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar pull out jamaica kincaid’s short stories, or some of the old baldwin stuff and just poke how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar around and see what my ancestors and the people who how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar have made a way for me have done. It always seems to work.

I have a side table where I keep whatever I’m thinking about reading next. I can’t put them on the shelf or I’ll forget about them. Right now it’s eileen myles’ “afterglow,” about her dog; “tyrant,” which breaks down all the politics in shakespeare; and “the world according to fannie davis,” which is about bridgett davis’ mom, who was a numbers runner in detroit. Under there, I keep bauman rare books catalogues, because I’m a huge rare books nerd.

On the coffee table at the moment are coffee table how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar books: “the history of rap,” the book “author: the portraits of beowulf sheehan,” which I’m thankfully featured in. And then these two large-format photo journals, one from iran and one about hong kong.

My office is just books everywhere. There is no order. There is no rhyme or reason. They’re every which way. There are picture books, an old scrabble board, cookbooks, typewriters, newspapers that have stories that I’m inspired by, fan art that I’ve framed, stickers and finger puppets that kids have given me. I’ve got spider-man toys given to me by marvel, my own books. I should be more organized, but I’m not an organized person. It’s a good example of how my mind works.

With no more room on the bookshelves, I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous french armoire that takes up how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar an entire wall. That wall is just perfect for shelves and would make how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the room warmer. I know, however, that my husband really likes the armoire. He sees: storage, storage, storage. I see: books, books, books. We’ll see who wins.

For years, I couldn’t get rid of anything. I have had to learn to manage the flow. Paperbacks I tend not to keep unless I love them how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and know I’m going to reread them. Hardcovers are really hard for me to get rid of. They all signify a time in my life. They all have stories around the stories. I will sometimes just stand there and look at my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar books and remember.

I used to do something that I now realize was how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a bit creepy. After my first book was published and very successful, I was looking for a flat in london. Almost every flat I went into had my book on how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the shelf. I’d take it down and sign it! Sometimes, I even personalized it: “to julia, with love, jane green.” I’ve never heard from anyone, but if they ever come across that, they’ll likely freak out.

I think I like to be surrounded by books when how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar I’m writing, but the truth is I don’t. I’m easily distracted. I’ve done my best writing at my local public library how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in one of those little cubbies with noise-canceling headphones. If I need to do some research, I just make a note for later. If I go to a book or online, the whole day could be gone. Writing takes focus, and books pull mine in a million directions.

I subscribe to nancy lancaster’s rule of decorating; she’s an american decorator who moved to england in the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar ’20s. She brought the english country-house style into the mainstream. Her rules were that a home should always have books, candles and flowers. I walk into so many houses today that have been how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar decorated. They’re exquisite. I find them beautiful: two artfully placed objects, stunning coffee table books. For a minute, I think, “I wish my house looked like this.” but then I remember I don’t feel like taking off my shoes and curling up how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar on the sofa in these homes. In fact, I sit there terrified I’m going to spill red wine. A home needs a bit of curated clutter, and that curated clutter has to include things that tell how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the story of your life, of what you love. For me, that’s books.

It’s a mess. Finally, they’re built in. After years having books hanging out all over the place, I finally hired someone to build shelves. And at first, I thought, “oh, I have so much space,” but they’ve gotten out of control. I’ve been traveling so much that I haven’t had time to tend to them. They just seem to gather.

It’s funny, I have friends who are designers and I ask them: what do you think I should do with my house? They say: “first of all, you need to get doors to cover over the bookshelves how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar so they’re not visible!” it bothers them so much. They find bookshelves so chaotic.

As much as I love books, I’m not that fetishistic about them. I have a copy of “rebecca” that jonathan lethem gave me from his bookstore in maine. It’s a beautiful edition, and I don’t want to loan that to anyone. It’s touching to me. I love that edition, that particular book. But most other books, I don’t feel that way. Maybe that’s why I am able to sell them.

I told this to a friend recently, and he was just appalled that I would ever get how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar rid of any book. You know the books you still want, and you know the ones that are just never gonna how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar happen. It doesn’t call to you. You just send those off to dog eared books.

I absolutely look at people’s bookshelves. And I have some judgment. I mean, they’re openly showing you themselves. If it’s a summer house, I don’t judge because they just brought over extra books – they’re not serious. But if it’s all business-motivational, “who moved my cheese?” kind of books, I’m like: “oh god, who is this person?”

Mine feels very personal. It’s very me. It’s childish; it has kooky things all over it. Here’s an example. After I won the pulitzer prize, my friend threw me a party, and I still have the sign that was on his how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar door: “pulitzer prize winner this way! Welcome to the party!” that’s been on my bookshelf ever since. Does it really belong on my bookshelf? I don’t know. But it’s sweet, and that’s why it’s there.

I’m someone who has books all over the house. I appreciate marie kondo, her philosophy about holding on to only the things that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar spark joy, but every single one of these books sparks joy. I feel good just looking at them. So by her standards, I’m doing OK.

My books are an integral part of my decor. They have to be, because I’m not hiding them. There are books about decorating with books – putting baskets on them, creating montages, stacking them like wallpaper. There are ways to make room for more books and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar still have room to live. You do have to have some boundaries, so no books in the bathroom.

In the TV room, there are books linked to entertainment, comedians, bette davis – I love bette davis. And I have my little figurines from “the big bang theory” on the shelves. By the CD player – yeah, I still have a CD player – those are books about music and musicians. In the living room, it’s more history, art, travel. In the kitchen-pantry area: my julia child collection, B. Smith’s books about entertaining, all those “why french women don’t get fat”-type books and cookbooks, though I don’t cook much. I mean, I even have books about cookbooks.

I have baskets of books in the guest room for how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the taking. That’s where I put my mysteries and books of the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar moment – books that everyone was talking about and you just had how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to have. I love mysteries and can consume an entire series, but I don’t need to keep them forever. They’re like candy – good for sharing.

I do not loan books. I’d rather just buy you your own copy. I learned that lesson early on and had to toughen how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar up. When you give a book to someone, they might not feel the same way about it that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you do. It’s just a book that piqued their interest. They don’t treat it like you do. And you don’t realize how much it meant until you don’t get it back. I do keep a few books closer to me, hidden but in reach. Let’s just say the guest room is not where I how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar keep my signed copy of “if beale street could talk.”

I remember early on, in my first apartment, I was a little concerned. I was dating, and looked around and thought, “hmm, there really are a lot of books in here.” that’s when I got the best advice I was ever how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar given: if the person you are thinking about dating comes over how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and sees a lot of books and that’s not a good sign for them, that tells you something.

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