By the time of her baby shower, Elizabeth Colling had already received practical gifts -- burp cloths, onesies, and such -- from her family and friends in California. So her friends in New York, where she now lives, decided that their shower would be all about books for the baby to celebrate the expecting mom's love of literature. Not just any books, but books they had loved when they were little.
One sunny Saturday in June, the Elizabeth and her husband Stephane arrived at a restaurant in a Brooklyn brownstone. It was decorated in Elizabeth's favorite colors: pink and gray. The menu incorporated her favorite flavors, including rose and jasmine. And the space was shimmering with the magic that happens in books, where simple materials -- ink and paper -- come alive as the imagination touches them, and the future appears when you turn a page.
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