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Saints in Art
Thomas Michael Hartmann, Stefano Zuffi, Rosa Giorgi
The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe
Selected Poems
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Cynthia Griffin Wolff
Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W. Loewen
Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

The Usborne Book of Art

The Usborne Book of Art - Rosie Dickins Why on earth don't they have a picture of this book? It's pretty! Oh, well.

Sonny and I are reading this, too. It's exactly what its subtitle calls it: a complete introduction for beginners. It's a good-quality hardcover and has a nice heft without being unwieldy. It lays out the basics of what to look for in art (mostly paintings), which this non-visual reader really appreciates. It also gives a lot of historical context for art -- how the Catholic-Protestant split impacted art in northern and southern Europe, for instance. I wish there were a little more of that sometimes. I know this means I'm an official moron, but telling me about 17-century art in "the newly independent Dutch Republic" (without telling me what they're newly independent from) only reminds me I'm stupid while doing nothing toward a cure.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book. My 14yo son started off in our reading with a strong sense that he found art boring; we're not even halfway through the book, and he doesn't think that any more.