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Everyone has that one object that holds deep meaning--some relic that speaks to our past, that carries a remarkable story. What We Keep will reveal the secret lives of objects--and the small, emotional moments we keep from the world but that make us who we are. For example, why would Joss Whedon keep a straw boater hat on his bedroom wall? Or how did a "hideously beautiful" vintage Chanel blazer change the life of one Austin, Texas woman?

The objects and stories come from a sweeping range of experiences and demographics--from famous entrepreneurs (Mark Cuban) , award-winning writers (Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tim O'Brien) , and cultural icons to hairdressers, dishwashers, and dog-walkers. Each story will appear in the form of an "as told to" along with a photo of the object, allowing the reader to see the nicks and scuffs on a locket, a playing card, a pocket knife. Of the countless objects we come across over the course of our lifetime, the objects we keep say a lot about us.

What We Keep will provide an intriguing glimpse into the private worlds of various people, and will lead us to question our own treasured things. Amidst the dueling trends of decluttering and over-consumption, this collection is a breath of fresh air, leading us to question what we truly value.



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Bill Shapiro

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