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CURLED PAGES IN VOGUE BUT DIFFICULT TO READ

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When can't you read a book? When it's set on a pedestal, its center pages furled and tucked to be completely decorative.

A word of warning. Pick a book that's not valuable. Original editions and autographed copies are best left with flat pages intact. Pick with caution what you curl or the book's owner might be mad.Curled-page books have been observed in home magazines and in decorator show houses. The books are usually not placed front and center, say, on a coffee table. The decorative device is more often placed on a hall table, where folks are just passing through or on a ledge below bookshelves.

If you're going to try this with an old book of your own, don't invite librarians to the house.

- Joyce Rosencrans