Last night I started Ross King's The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism. King does a fabulous job of setting the scene and he really brings the story to life. One of my favorite features of the book so far is the many actual photographs of artists and historical figures - from Claude Monet to Napoleon III. I love that these people become real to me.
I'm not sure what will be on the menu next, but I do know that my mother bought me a copy of Sarah Dunant's In the Company of the Courtesan and should be mailing it any day now. As soon as it arrives, anything else will quickly be put aside. Dunant's Birth of Venus was one of my favorites of the last few years and, from what I've heard, this one won't disappoint either.