My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

Book - 2014
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"In 2011 [the author/artist] was invited by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City to curate an exhibit based on their collection. Like a shopper in some great, mad department store that housed many centuries' worth of objects, [she] browsed and inspected their archives for a year or so. The pieces that [she] chose were based on one thing only-- a gasp of delight."--Introduction.
Publisher: New York : Harper Design, [2014]
ISBN: 9780062122971
0062122975
Branch Call Number: NK460.N4 C6645 2014x
Characteristics: 145 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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peacebenow
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!!

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mclarjh
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.

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RaritanBay
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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