Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables

Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables

What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family?s cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights without the ghost-infested Wuthering Heights? Getting lost in the setting of a good book can be half the pleasure of reading, and Decorating a Room of One?sOwn brings literary backdrops to the foreground in this wryly affectionate satire of interior design repor What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family?s cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights wi...

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Title:Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables
Author:Susan Harlan
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1419732374
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables Reviews

  • Brooke Preston
    Sep 30, 2018
    A lovely, fun read that's as funny as it is design savvy. Susan is a magnificent writer. A beautiful addition to my coffee table and list of great gifts to give all my design and book-loving friends. ...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 02, 2019
    Very clever, but if you haven't read the books referenced here you may not enjoy it as much as I did. ...
  • Relyn
    Dec 30, 2018
    Relyn Rating: 3.5 stars What a fun and witty little book. It's a small gem and a treat for anyone who loves interiors. ...
  • Claire
    Apr 29, 2019
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  • Elizabeth
    Jan 10, 2019
    This is a quirky fun book, and great nostalgia for lovers of the now-defunct Toast website. Former Toast contributor Susan Harlan, has imagined decorating and interior design advice from major literary characters like Miss Havisham and Marilla from Anne of Green Gables. ...
  • Michelle
    Jan 23, 2019
    This was wonderful. The best satire I've read in quite a while. Such a great idea, to 'interview' classic literary characters about their homes and design style. I've read most of the books, and knew about nearly all of them, so felt comfortable, and understood the inferences in almost...
  • Amanda Griggs
    Jan 23, 2019
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  • Kristie Lock
    Jan 18, 2019
    A collection of ?interviews? with the owners of literary houses, palaces, ships, etc. What a fun little book. The Interludes between chapters were so creative. My favorite...King Lear and Boo Radley discuss being ?Outsider Domiciles.? ...
  • Maria
    Jun 20, 2019
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  • Hannah • So Obsessed With
    Apr 30, 2019
    With a recommendation from Go Fug Yourself, I knew I had to read this one! It?s a book of ?conversations on interior design? with literary notables such as Elizabeth Bennet, Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre and more. It was so much fun! If you like classics and decorating, I think you?...
  • Lois
    Jan 03, 2019
    I?m not quite sure what I expected but it sure wasn?t this. Perhaps I?m not as well acquainted with the books and characters being asked about their decorating schemes to appreciate what I think is intended to be funny. After reading a quarter of the book I skimmed through the re...
  • Melissa
    Jan 24, 2019
    Found some errors in the text, which made me sad. (1. No, Wickham never went to Pemberley with Lydia. Darcy wouldn't let him in the house. 2. "The Yellow Wallpaper" was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Not Charles. Charles was her first husband. 3. Sarah Crewe's father was not-real...
  • Duckie
    Jan 19, 2019
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  • Bridgette Griffith
    Mar 21, 2019
    It was a fun breezy read and it made me long for the days of The Toast. I wish each home had a picture. ...
  • Sesana
    Mar 06, 2019
    Quirky and fun. ...
  • Rachel Scott
    Feb 03, 2019
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  • Vikki VanSickle
    Jun 07, 2019
    Clever and loving novelty book that combines two of my favourite things: interior design and literary characters. Would make an excellent gift! ...
  • Bobbi
    May 05, 2019
    I have been reading mostly via Kindle and Audible lately; this is the first ?real book? I have read in a while. My niece bought it for me for Christmas and I am so grateful she did. We share a love for literature, among other things. The feel of the book is wonderful, it has charmi...
  • Laura
    Apr 09, 2019
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  • Meghan Davis strader
    Feb 01, 2019
    It was an entertaining read; for the books I?ve already read. Don?t try to read this like a novel though. More like a reference book for a humerus look at the setting after you?ve finished a novel. ...
  • Temperance
    Feb 10, 2019
    Really disappointed with this one. Rtc. ...
  • Heather
    Feb 28, 2019
    A cute fun read great if you have recently finished a serious book. ...
  • Melanie
    Jan 05, 2019
    This was a lot of fun. I would recommend skipping the introduction, as it establishes the author as completely insufferable as a person and will prejudice you against the rest of the book. The meat of the book itself is very fun and witty, if occasionally a little too in love with its ...
  • Karyn
    Feb 06, 2019
    I won this in a giveaway. I would have to say I thought this was something totally different. It doesn't take too long, though, until you see what it really is. I love the humor and the witty take on classical fictional character ideas on interior design. I loved it! ...
  • Michelle Elizabeth
    Feb 14, 2019
    Another quirky winner! Read interviews of all your favorite characters in literature and how they decorate their homes. It even includes a chapter on fairy tale homes and the destructive children who ruin them. Favorite quote: Miss Havisham, "He puts the dick in Dickens". ...
  • Renee Smith
    Oct 30, 2018
    I loved this book, it was great and so interesting. I love how witty it was. Great little book!!! ...
  • K8
    Mar 26, 2019
    Couldn't get past the first chapter. The author has no sense of a character's voice. Everything felt like alternate universe. Elizabeth Bennet would never talk the way the author wrote her as talking. Elizabeth was made to sound so self-important and insipid. She would never air her gr...
  • Morgan
    Feb 28, 2019
    A book for a book-lover. In ?Decorating a Room of One?s Own,? Susan Harlan cleverly and convincing looks into the past imagining the living spaces of our favorite novels, and what the character?s could have possibly been hoping to achieve in their home ascetics from: inspir...
  • Kate
    Dec 24, 2018
    The concept behind this book intrigued me to read it; however, the book is insufferable and drips with self-Importance (the prolix introduction already sets off alarms) and an ?Aren?t-I-so-hip-and-modern-and-clever?? atmosphere that never allows you to pretend you?re reading th...
  • Marie McWilliams
    Jan 29, 2019
    The author kindly gifted me this book in exchange for an honest review. The basic premise of this book is so original and charming, I?m genuinely obsessed with it. Imagine an interior design book, where instead of interviewing designers or celebrities about their home style inspi...