Penny Drue Baird

Interior Designer / France; United States / Dessins, LLC

Penny Drue Baird’s Book List

I have always had a very strong relationship with reading and with books. There are few pleasures as satisfying as browsing in bookstores and then curling up with a book. Throughout my life, I have rated very highly that late-night read, preferably with milk and great cookies. Although a Kindle/iPad is the apex of practicality when traveling (even more so for me because I travel for months and I can’t throw away any book), there is nothing like the feel and weight of a book in one’s hands. . . . View the complete text
5 books
W. Somerset Maugham

This is a spellbinder. I couldn’t put it down. It’s another example of a famous author's lesser work being a star. Although it seems like a “woman’s story,” every man whom I’ve given it to has loved it.

Marcel Proust

Many feel that this is a difficult book to get through. Proust is complicated, but his descriptions of France, the world at that time, and interpersonal relationships are superb.

Alexandre Dumas

For many years our family did a summer reading book. The favorite of all our family was always The Count of Monte Cristo. It appeals to everyone, highlighting the triumph of good over evil yet exemplifying man’s vices. 

F. (Francis) Scott Fitzgerald

Perhaps overlooked in favor of “Gatsby,” Tender Is the Night is, in my opinion, a deeper, more intelligent look at complex psyches.

Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary is my single-most favorite book. Brilliant in recreating the human condition that repeats throughout time and history, uncanny in that human nature hasn’t matured in the last 140 years.

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