The Innocence of Objects by Orhan Pamuk

Such a great book by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk. He shares the story behind his book Museum of innocence, a book that gradually turned into a quest for material objects to accompany the protagonists of the novel.

The actual museum exists in physical form in Istanbul, Turkey. This book is not only a nostalgic tribute to Pamuk’s upbringing in Istanbul, it is also a tale about the narrative possibilities of material objects. You will get the most out of this (nonfiction) book if you read the novel first, but anyone with an interest in the phenomena of collecting will be rewarded.

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Grambino

Morbid? No, not at all, just beautiful! This lavishly illustrated book presents 17 collectors of curiosities and oddities. The common theme seems to be death in all its forms. Each collector gets a brief presentation and their collections are presented in detail with astonishing photos.