We love books here. Our neighbor came over for a party & upon leaving he said "Do you guy's like books." They are over flowing in our home. A serious library style home makeover is due here. Because we love books so much, the library is a local component of our reading program (or we'd be broke). I personally love the art of living. These two books are great. The Gentle Art of Domesticity and A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life.
I absolutely love A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life. The author works for Ralph Lauren. She has a job assisting in selling images of perfection, but she wrote a book about the complete opposite. It's a voyeuristic look into how other's live...embarrassing the chaos that is kids, clutter, dogs, in-home studios & work spaces, or collection obsession. As a type A personality, it helps me appreciate the messiness, chaos, & lack of perfection that is living with a Hubby, two dogs (now), & an intervening step-daughter with friends in tow quite often. This book helps me relax. Plus I love seeing how others live. After reading this book I figure, life & all its messiness is beautiful, especially if you have family.