I love my bookshelves. My wife says I spend more time arranging them than actually reading them and I think she's right. I have a wall of cubicles that I alternate with books and folk art and other treasures and to me it's my private space to endlessly curate. I always love seeing how people arrange their favorite books and objects. It's like a small glimpse inside their head.
Many of these books (Click on the images for a larger shot) can be found on Amazon by clicking the links at the top of the page (yes, that's a shameless plug because I get a few cents for every book purchased through those links). But seriously, I find that to be the best way to list some great books that I find interesting and you may too, if you like some of the stuff that I post.
All of these books are great but I'll highlight a few that I think are crazy deals. (HINT: I tend to not be too anal about buying a book in pristine mint condition. It just needs to be in decent condition, so I typically will buy a book used from a bookseller and save myself some money.)
American Vernacular: The followup to Ricco/Maresca's seminal American Primitive. Both volumes are indispensible for anyone interested in sculptural folk art forms. Starting at $9.95 for a used copy is ridiculous!
Fun Along the Road: American Tourist Attractions: A really fun book highlighting roadside tourist attractions. Starting at $.97 for a used copy.
The Flowering of American Folk Art 1776-1876: Another bible and must have for any folk art collector, although this one from a slightly earlier time and focus. Starting at $14.45 for a used copy.
Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge: An amazing and really fun book on outsider photography. $6.09 for a new copy is crazy. I may just buy another copy.