According to journalist James Wood, most of us would be wrong.
Wood recently wrote in the New Yorker about the thoughts provoked by dismantling his father-in-law’s extensive personal library, and comparing his observations about the books he found in that library with what he knew of their owner’s background, character, and behavior.
It’s a fascinating story. New Yorker subscribers can read the story online; non-subscribers can read a summary of it here.
Do you think your personal library reveals – or obscures – clues to your personality, or is it merely a handy, if imperfect, index to your reading patterns (and ambitions)…and little else?