‘Library’ checks out writers’ bookshelves

In Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books (Yale, $20), a new collection of photographs and interviews, editor Leah Price asks 13 authors, including three couples, about the books and bookcases in their homes.

Philip Pullman (The Amber Spyglass) appreciates the convenience of his Kindle when traveling, but he mistrusts “any device whose continued usage depends on a vast, mysterious, and invisible infrastructure.”

When “the big crash comes,” he says, “I shall throw away my Kindle without a moment’s regret; but my books will last as long as I do.” (He’s 65.)