July 08, 2011
A little light reading for the weekend
For months I have been collecting a list (ever growing) of books that I want to read. I keep printing out these pages with the titles on them, and the pile is a bit overwhelming. I am the type to get totally lost in a book. (latest reads include the A Song of Ice and Fire series [Game of Thrones] and a Tale of Two Cities)
I know I will not get to all of them anytime soon but I thought this weekend I would go pick one up to start. Which one should I get? Here are a few of the books from my pile, if you want to read one or have, let me know how it is!
Paris from the Ground Up. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. This is a history of the city, focused on its wonderful art and architecture. Needless to say this is topping my list!
"Better In France?": The Circulation Of Ideas Across The Channel In The Eighteenth Century (The Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture). Lewisburg [Pa.]: Bucknell University Press. Is it always greener on the other side of the fence? Or in France? This is about cultural exchange between the island and the continent, covering the 18th century.
Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. This book focuses on the generations that lived through and after the revolution, and their attempts to develop a cohesive world.
Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America. New Haven: Yale University Press. About attitudes towards dirt, "cleanliness-and the lack of it- had moral, religious and often sexual implications." Interesting!
Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago. I have really wanted to check this one out, it is full of art (paintings, sculptures, stained glass, metalwork etc.) created for kings and queens and inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.This title is more focused on the music and theatre of the court of Louis XIV than art, but sounds so good I am sure I will love it.
I think this pretty much sums up how I felt this week:
have a good weekend!!