He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science.
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend--Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life.
From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
If you love Broadway, you must read this book and its follow-up, Look, I Made a Hat, by one of the finest modern lyricists. Sondheim's lyrics are literate and clever and are a pleasure to read on their own, but the real delight of this book is Sondheim's insightful, irreverent commentary on his own work and the work of other songwriters.
Ty Burr, the film critic for the Boston Globe, traces celebrity from the star machine of classic Hollywood through today's 24-7 media frenzy. Entertaining and insightful writing that runs the gamut from John Wayne to Kim Kardashian.
Patti Smith, a pioneering voice in the punk rock scene of the 1970s, writes an enthralling salute to the counterculture artistic community of New York in the '60s and '70s, reflecting on life, love, and her relationship with provocative photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. An exciting memoir.
Set in Russia during WWII, this gripping history focuses on composer Dmitri Shostokovich and the symphony he wrote that came to be a symbol of hope and resistance to the occupied citizens of Leningrad. A beautiful story about resilience, bravery, and the power of music in human lives.