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Michelle Haimoff, author of THESE DAYS ARE OURS, shares her book-shelving methods, including one tip that will be especially useful for or west coast readers: Earthquake Practicality.

For as long as I can remember, my fantasy has been to live in a home that is one big fire hazard. Bookshelves everywhere, stuffed with thousands of brittle soft covers. I get closer to this fantasy with every move. The most recent one, when my now husband and I moved in together, doubled my book collection. We have three huge bookshelves and piles of books in every room (including the kitchen, which has about 30 cookbooks we never use because of Google).  

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