Tell me about the books you gathered — how do they define you?
I have very eclectic tastes and I love to lose myself in books. I love art books, reference books, mysteries, cookbooks, gardening books, and current political and historical books.
Is there any book that you despise?
I have no time for trashy or self-help books.
Which books made you fall in love?
Titles about art deco jewelry are something I have fallen in love with.
Is there one book that you return to over and over?
Do you remember reading any naughty books under covers at night with a flashlight?
What is your first memory of books?
Babar the Elephant.
What are you reading now?
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Her language is beautiful; it’s a story of sorrow and warmth.
Is there a book that’s hanging over you that you feel you must read?
I think I should re-read some of the classics. Perhaps some of the Russians. I would have such a different perspective on those books now. But it’s hard to keep up with so many new books that keep coming out.
Do you read regularly?
We subscribe to the New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and National Geographic.
Do you like to loan your books out?
A stack of books sent to Sylvia from pal Betty Halbreich, the legendary personal shopper. Photo: Melanie Dunea/ CPi
Do you have an electronic reader?
Yes, I use it to read at night in bed and when I travel.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Something like: Keep Going.
Life is a great adventure and age doesn’t stop me!
How do you select which books you are going to read?
Book reviews and word of mouth.
What are you going to read next?
Do you have an all time favorite book?
I like all books! Hey, that’s like asking me which kid I like best.