About the library: Almost two years ago, I did a major purge of books in my house. At the end of it, over a thousand books found a new home and my bookcases were impeccably organized. Alas, time is a cruel mistress. Try as I might, our shelves — particularly the set in the kitchen, pictured here — can’t seem to help accumulating the random detritus of our lives. There ARE books, and plenty of ’em, behind all that crap, but you have to wade through said crap to get to them. Consider it a quest.