I just started The Last Nude by Ellis Avery. Another one for my book club. It's historical fiction about the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka and the subject of her painting Beautiful Rafaela. The description from the book flap:Quote:
A stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars.
Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.
Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara's most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished-and coveted-works of art. A season as the painter's muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history's darkening tide.
Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Ellis Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives. Spellbinding and provocative, this is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.
Wow! Downloading it now!
Just started Game Change. This is a neat book in that it reads more like a political novel than non-fiction. It is more about the Obamas & Clintons than it is about McCain/Palin, so it's very different from the HBO movie. Very entertaining read no matter where you sit on the political spectrum - both sides have plenty of warts, although the Palin stuff is quite a bit more shocking than the rest.
I just finished The Last Nude late last night. WOW. I really loved this book! I couldn't put it down. Love, sex and art in 1920's Paris = heaven!
I started Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus last night. I've had a copy for a long time, but it's just been sitting on the shelf. Huffington Post chose it for their next book club selection, so I thought this was as good a time as any! I'm only a few pages in right now, but it's lovely.
ETA: Coming up very soon, I'll be reading the next book in Mira Grant's "Newsflesh" zombie series. The book is on the way to me right now! :yay