My book Luggage was published in the Bloomsbury series Object Lessons in March 2018. The book traces a narrative history of the things we bring with us when we travel: our luggage, or our baggage. The materials of travel – the suitcases, carry-on bags, totes, trunks, and train cases of the past and present – have stories to tell about displacement, home, gender, class, consumption, and labor. Mary Poppins had a carpet bag out of which she could pull anything her heart desired. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle owned a steamer trunk with a fold-out desk. Luggage explores bags as carefully curated microcosms of our domestic and professional selves. It charts the evolution of travel in literature, art, and film. A simple suitcase, it turns out, contains more than you might think.
My humor book Decorating a Room of One's Own is an expansion of my column "Great House Therapy" for The Toast, which won the 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest. The book spoofs home design and decorating culture by re-imagining its subject as famous literary homes. From Thornfield Hall and Misselthwaite Manor to Pemberley and Satis House, Decorating a Room of One's Own is a fun romp through the houses of classic literature. My own house was featured on Apartment Therapy, so I have a particular fondness for the subject matter. The book will be published by Abrams on October 9, 2018.