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April 2024 Check Me Out!



ANITA DE MONTE LAUGHS LAST

By Xochitl Gonzalez

New York Times bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez delivers a mesmerizing novel about a firstgeneration Ivy League student who uncovers the genius work of a female artist decades after her suspicious death.


DIVA

By Daisy Goodwin

Describes the scandalous love affair between the legendary opera singer, Maria Callas, and the fabulously rich Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, whose relationship ended suddenly with the shocking news that he was to marry Jacqueline Kennedy.


SOMEONE ALWAYS NEARBY

By Susan Wittig Albert

Based on research into a massive collection of over 700 letters, documents, media reports and historical accounts, this novel, set in 1940, centers around Georgia O’Keeffe and Maria Chabot—a young and naïve would-be writer, exploring the dimensions of friendship and the debts we incur to those who make our lives easier.


THE FLAMETHROWERS

By Rachel Kushner

Arriving in New York to pursue a creative career in the raucous 1970s art scene, Reno joins a group of dreamers and raconteurs before falling in love with the estranged son of an Italian motorcycle scion and succumbing to a radical social movement in 1977 Italy.


THE AGE OF LIGHT

By Whitney Scharer

A novel inspired by the life of the Vogue model-turned-renowned photographer finds Lee Miller relocating to 1929 Paris, where she becomes the muse, then colleague of the mercurial surrealist, Man Ray before transforming into an artist in her own right.


WOMEN IN ART

By Rachel Ignotofsky

Covering a wide array of artistic mediums, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about artistic movements throughout history, statistics about women’s representation in museums, and notable works by women.


FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS

By Monica Brown

Journey through Frida Kahlo’s life, from her childhood to her rise as one of the world’s most influential painters. Brown’s story recounts Frida’s beloved pets-- two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn--and playfully considers how Frida embodied many characteristics of each animal.


MARY BLAIR’S UNIQUE FLAIR

By Amy Novesky

Even as a child, Mary Blair loved color, and all she wanted to do was to make art. But becoming an artist wasn’t easy. Her parents worked hard to provide her paper and paints, and Mary worked hard to enter contests and earn a spot at a school for the arts. She even had to work hard to find her place at the Walt Disney Studios.


TRAILBLAZER: THE STORY OF BALLERINA RAVEN WILKINSON

By Leda Schubert

When she was five years old, her parents took her to see the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and her passion for dance only grew stronger. No Black ballerina had ever danced with a major touring troupe before. Raven would be the first. Learn the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland.


DOLLY! THE STORY OF DOLLY PARTON AND HER BIG DREAM

By Robyn McGrath

You’ve likely heard of the performer Dolly Parton. But do you know where this dazzling songwriter and musician draws her roots? While balancing farm chores with schoolwork, Dolly never lost sight of her dreams, composing her first song at age five and performing at the Grand Ole Opry at age thirteen.

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