April 30, 2013
You know a Woman Upstairs; maybe you are one. As the narrator of Messud’s startling new novel, Nora Eldridge, defines her, she is 'the quiet woman at the end of the third-floor hallway whose trash is always tidy, who smiles rightly in the stairwell with a cheerful greeting, and who, from behind closed doors, never makes a sound.'
April 9, 2013
Hoping to recover what they've lost and what they believe they deserve, Elm and Gabriel become inextricably involved in a scheme that rattles the insular art world in Allison Amend's clever book, A Nearly Perfect Copy.
January 26, 2013
Edmund de Waal, the distinguished English potter and great-grandson of Viktor Ephrussi, takes us on a picaresque journey, back in time and across continents, to uncover the history of his family and the secrets of their fabled netsuke collection.
December 4, 2012
John Banville has created a sinister character worthy of comparison to Nabokov's Humbert Humbert. This sumptuous story of obsession brilliantly blends with a thrilling narrative of the Dublin criminal underworld.
November 8, 2012
What's the real story behind Vitruvian man, the subject of one of the world's most famous drawings by Leonardo da Vinci? Toby Lester's authoritative text traces da Vinci's extraordinary life and the history and philosophy that led him to this iconic creation.
September 7, 2012
In the late nineteenth-century Paris art world, a painter in the midst of a passionate affair finds that time and his memory are suddenly unreliable … and as it happens, these symptoms also plagued some of the most famous artists in history.
April 15, 2012
Cath Crowley's Graffiti Moon achieves the minor miracle of capturing disillusioned teen voices in a way that not only avoids the pitfalls of many young-adult stereotypes, but also reaches a level of poeticism that is simply sublime.
February 24, 2012
Steve Martin’s latest novel, An Object of Beauty, the renaissance man’s third to date, is at face value the story of young, attractive, ambitious Lacey Yeager, a gallerista working her way up through the ranks of New York’s societal art scene.
January 27, 2012
Countless people, most probably readers, have found themselves at one time or another wondering, “Why do we read?” For some, it’s to learn. For others, to escape. Still others, to be entertained. And for others, to be inspired. Those falling into this last category should pick up Bento’s Sketchbook by John Berger.
January 4, 2012
In reviews, commentaries, and notably on “60 Minutes,” much has been made of Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith’s shocking findings about the death of Vincent Van Gogh -- that he did not actually die by his own hand. And while that is important, it is not the point of their book.