Staff Pick

We know Mr. Lear (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $45) now mostly for his nonsense, but he was a talented artist, writer, and composer. His other great gift was for friendship, most famously with Tennyson, whose poems he set to music. Mostly self-taught, he gained fame painting birds. Audubon was an admirer. Lear even gave drawing lessons to Queen Victoria. Despite being epileptic and prone to depression, he travelled, almost constantly, throughout England, in Europe and in the east, producing books of his journeys illustrated with his landscape paintings. His first nonsense verse and absurd drawings were done to amuse patrons, friends, and their children, then delighted the public when published in 1846. In this engrossing biography, illustrated with numerous drawings and paintings, Jenny Uglow presents the contrasts of Lear, serious painter and sketcher of the ridiculous, travel writer and author of bosh.

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$45.00
ISBN: 9780374113339
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 17th, 2018

Staff Pick

I’ve anticipated the release of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine, $20) by Glory Edim. Edim is the creator of the popular New York Book Club that goes by the same name. This anthology is a collection of essays where black women authors are placed together in one book to express when, where, and how they first saw themselves represented in literature. In many comparable anthologies where influential books are discussed, black women and other women of color are rarely mentioned or are left off the list. Edim stays true to her mission and keeps black women at the center of the conversation. Not only was I introduced to new black women authors, I was also able to get a glimpse into the literary lives of some of my favorite writers, such as, Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, and Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn. I’m sure this will make a great holiday gift for the book lover in your life looking to explore more authors and new perspectives on reading.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

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