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Book Recommendations – May 2020

Several members of the Museum’s book club, Ekphrasis, reflected on their collective favorites over the years in order to make some recommendations for you. Below are some of their selections—check back each month for additional suggestions—happy reading!

Click here to browse April’s recommendations.

Related Programs

Ekphrasis: The Last Castle
Wednesday, June 10; 5:30 PM

Ekphrasis: In Sunlight or in Shadow
Wednesday, July 8; 5:30 PM

About Ekphrasis

The Museum’s book club is expanding! ​All individuals are invited to join Ekphrasis regardless of Museum membership. If you would like to join Ekphrasis, please complete ​the form​ below​.

Membership Form

If you have​ any questions, please contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org.

The Lady In Gold

Book

The Lady In Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

Editor

Anne-Marie O’Connor

Why You Should Read

“Lady in Gold is an important book about a Gustav Klimt portrait of a fascinating woman in Vienna that was looted by the Nazis, the American Supreme Court’s verdict in favor of her descendant, and the young lawyer who gave up everything to seek justice.” – Alice Novak, book club leader

“The true story behind the film, unraveling the portrait’s journey with differing roles that art plays in politics, society, identity, and memory.” – Carol Tew

Where to Purchase

Physical: Amazon, Bookshop | Digital: Apple Books, Kindle | Audiobook: Apple Books, Audible

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Loving Frank

Book

Loving Frank: A Novel

Author

Nancy Horan

Why You Should Read

“I enjoyed the book and the presentation by Alice and Jim Barganier. Learned much about Frank Lloyd Wright that I never knew.” – Beverly Bennett

“What’s not to love about the book Loving Frank? It’s an intelligent blend of truth and fiction… a story about passionate characters with a jaw-dropping conclusion.” – Amy Lovett

Where to Purchase

Physical: Amazon, Bookshop | Digital: Apple Books, Kindle | Audiobook: Apple Books, Audible

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Mad Enchantment

Book

Mad Enchantment Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Author

Ross King

Why You Should Read

“A wonderful portrait of Monet and his times, with special emphasis on his last great work.” – George Jacobsen

“While Monet is one of the most loved artists in the world, few of us know the whole story about the Water Lillies that he painted in his garden at Giverny, including the gift of his paintings to France as a memorial to the First World War.” – Alice Novak, book club leader

“I enjoy everything by Ross King. His text reads like fiction with so many interesting facts and tidbits.” – Pamela Swan (who loves King’s Brunelleschi’s Dome most of all)

Where to Purchase

Physical: Amazon, Bookshop | Digital: Apple Books, Kindle | Audiobook: Apple Books, Audible

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