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Our art-themed book club is open to anyone and everyone interested in joining us.  Come to one meeting or attend them all! We read books on art, artists, museums, curators, architects, Newport and more. See below for a full schedule of upcoming books and meetings.

Read/Eat/Chat normally meets the third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted. 

 

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"You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin" by Rachel Corbett

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin" by Rachel Corbett, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In 1902, Rainer Maria Rilke - then a struggling poet in Germany - went to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rilke in his twenties, delicate and unknown; Rodin in his sixties, carnal and revered. Yet they fell into an   instantaneous friendship. Transporting readers to early twentieth-century Paris, Rachel Corbett’s You Must Change Your Life is a vibrant portrait of Rilke and Rodin and their circle, revealing how deeply Rodin’s ideas about art and creativity influenced Rilke’s classic Letters to a Young Poet.

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"The Last Castle" by Denise Kiernan

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "The Last Castle" by Denise Kiernan, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore - the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.

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"The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli" by Alyssa Palombo

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli" by Alyssa Palombo, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

“Palombo gives life to the woman immortalized in Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus in a novel that perfectly merges art, history and romance.” The Florence of the de Medicis, filled with the glorious colors of the Renaissance, shimmers as the backdrop of this fascinating glimpse into the creation of a masterpiece.  
 

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"A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley" by Jane Kamensky

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley" by Jane Kamensky, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Harvard historian, Jane Kamensky, gives a fresh perspective on the American Revolution, a world riven by divided loyalties and tangled sympathies. Though Copley’s talent earned him the patronage of Boston’s patriot leaders, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, he did not share their politics and lamented America’s provincialism. He eventually repatriated to London where he gained renown as the painter of Britain’s American War.
 

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"The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece" by Laura Cumming

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece" by Laura Cumming, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In 1845, a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velazquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history. “An innovative fusion of detection and biography, this book shows how and why great works of art can affect us, even to the point of mania.”
 

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"The Muralist: A Novel" by B.A. Shapiro

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "The Muralist: A Novel" by B.A. Shapiro, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
The novel focuses on the budding Abstract Expressionist movement, whose major players, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, and Jackson Pollack, interact with the fictional Alizee Benoit who disappears in 1940. In 2015, three hidden paintings attached to the backs of canvases submitted to an auction house for appraisal are discovered. Danielle, Alizee’s great-niece, feels these paintings bear a striking resemblance to her great-aunt’s two surviving works of art. Danielle is determined to prove their authenticity and if possible, solve the mystery of the disappearance of Alizee Benoit.