Under the Pre-Pub Radar

Featured in today’s New York Times is an intriguing book that appears to not have been reviewed prepub and to not be owned by public libraries. The novel tells the story of a four-year-long relationship  in the form of an auction catalog, titled, in auction-catalog style, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.

The author, Leanne Shapton, says she got the idea from noticing how much auction catalogs can tell you about the people who owned the items being sold.

Shapton is an illustrator and the art director of the Op-Ed section of the NY Times. Her first novel, Was She Pretty? (FSG2006) also employs an unusual technique. It explores how women feel about their boyfriend’s ex-girlfriends, through a series of drawings, with short, deceptively simple comments, that reveal complex emotions (a sampling is available on Shapton’s Web site).

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Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry

Shapton, Leanne 

  • Paperback: $18; 144 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (February 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0374175306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374175306

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