I decided to reread it after almost a decade and felt as if I were opening a new book. When a long time passes between rereads, you forget enough of a book for surprises become surprises again; magic regenerates and drama is fresh as ever.
Peter Rabbit, the adorable bunny in the blue jacket, is a familiar character to us bookworms. You might have learned of his mishaps when Grandma read them to you; perhaps you got to know him better when reading to your children.
Coco Chanel was one of the most powerful women in the world. She worked her way out of a childhood steeped in poverty to create a fashion empire.
Every year, more than 50,000 art pieces are stolen around the world. The annual black market value for art theft stands between 6 and 8 billion.
La bande de Picasso was a guilty party to Prefect Lépine. He was confident that they were the gang of thieves he was after—and that they would be able to tell him Mona Lisa’s whereabouts. It wasn’t long before he’d arrested the face of the movement, Picasso himself.
In August 1911, the Louvre Museum was stirred from its routine by horrific news. Usually displayed in the Salon de Carré, where she was visited by artists and suitors, Mona Lisa had vanished.
Stars have guided us from the beginning. Before we settled on a common calendar, they told our ancestors when to plant their crops. Navigators at sea used stars to guide them on treacherous journeys. In uncertain times, humans sought messages from these celestial lights.
We idolize Vincent van Gogh for his story and his poignant art, make jokes about the ear incident. Do we know why he cut off his ear? Behind every great (and I mean great in the sense of huge, not always good, as in the case of van Gogh) story is a greater story.
Reading an average of ten books a month (I'm a fast reader) and not having reviewed them all, I'm going to have a weekly feature called Top Three Books.
Sciolino paints a different perspective of Paris. This perspective is from the river, that ancient body of water pulsing through Paris like a vein. She has traveled far and wide in search of Seine lore. She's learned about the river goddess Sequana and experienced a flood during her time in Paris.
Art is something that comes alive and seeks to change us forever. Wonder at how, so many years later, the Mona Lisa still has lines after lines of people impatient to see her smile. Think of how certain quotes from certain novels echo down through generations, while most of our own whispers vanish into oblivion. … Continue reading Art is Magic