Sarah Bahbah Shows Off Her Bookshelf

Get inspired by the artist and photographer's book collection in the latest episode of MC's 'Shelf Portrait' series.

Creative multi-hyphenate, Sarah Bahbah, gave Marie Claire a tour of her office library in the latest episode of Shelf Portraitour video series in which celebrities, influencers, and famous bookworms show off their personal libraries.

Very much on brand for a creative, the artist and photographer keeps her color-coordinated shelves stacked to the brim with poetry and inspirational nonfiction books. Bahbah's favorite books on poetry include The Prophet by Hahlil Gibran, a book she says taught her that "pain is something we should embrace," and a collection of poems called A River Dies of Thirst by Mahmoud Darwish, which Bahbah says speaks to the experience of her Palestinian father and grandparents. On the other hand, Bahbah also loves Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, and the book she says led her to start therapy, The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

Another favorite on her shelf? Her own book, Dear Love, of course. The luxury fine art book (which has an insanely gorgeous cover, by the way) features 10 years of her art over its 421 pages. In the book, Bahbah dives into each one of her photography series while providing insight into her innermost self. In an effort to keep art accessible, Dear Love is available to purchase on Bahbah’s famous pay-what-you-can model, which starts at the minimum price of $60 designed for those without the means to pay more.

To learn about Bahbah's favorite bookstore, place to read, and childhood book, watch Bahbah's full Shelf Portrait video, above, then order some of her favorite books for yourself, below.

Brooke Knappenberger
Associate Commerce Editor

Brooke Knappenberger is the Associate Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she specializes in crafting shopping stories—from sales content to buying guides that span every vertical on the site. She also oversees holiday coverage with an emphasis on gifting guides as well as Power Pick, our monthly column on the items that power the lives of MC’s editors. She also tackled shopping content as Marie Claire's Editorial Fellow prior to her role as Associate Commerce Editor.

She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.