Engaging stories and exquisite art

If you enjoy historical fiction, we suggest a bit of a twist: books that tell stories based on famous art or artists, paired with books about the real art and artists. For example, Christina Baker Kline's newest book, A Piece of the World, gives the story of Christina Olson, the subject of one of Andrew Wyeth's most well-known paintings. Here in the library, you'll find Kline's book, along with some great books about Andrew Wyeth and his art.   A Piece of the World   Wyeth

If you like a romantic story, we suggest I Am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto, which imagines the story of Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent's famous (and famously scandalous) painting. To accompany that, we have beautiful books on Sargent's paintings. I Am Madame X   John Singer Sargent

If the life of the artist, themselves, is the appeal, perhaps you'd like The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maughaum, which is the author's ode to the life of artist Paul Gauguin. To enhance the novel, we suggest one of the beautiful books on Gauguin we have in our collection.  The Moon and Sixpence    Paul Gauguin

These are just a few suggestions of novels and nonfiction. For more, please visit our staff in Center for the Reader, and for beautiful art, architecture and photography books, please visit the Fine Arts Room here in Central Library. We're more than happy to fill your arms with engaging stories and exquisite books!

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