The Art Thief by Michael Finkel

Staff Pick

Incredulous fascination permeates Finkel's account of the world's most prolific art thief.  He also has many questions, principally: why do thieves steal, what drives obsession, and, really, what would one do with such a large collection of purloined art from Europe's masters?  The Ocean's Eleven crew better move over--they ain't got nothing on Stéphane Breitwieser.


The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession By Michael Finkel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657323
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Published: Knopf - June 27th, 2023

Girls and Their Monsters by Audrey Clare Farley

Staff Pick

What is madness?  Where does it come from? And what happens when it's present in multiple siblings?  These are the operating questions in this well researched story about the Genain quadruplets (not to be confused with the Dionne quintuplets). This account is also a deep dive into the standard of care for mental health and the workings of the National Institute of Mental Health in the 1960s. The story is creepy, revealing, and mesmerizing.



Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America By Audrey Clare Farley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538724477
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 13th, 2023

Althea, by Sally H. Jacobs

Staff Pick

Use whatever winning sports analogy you want to describe this smashing bio of Althea Gibson--who was easily one of America's most important tennis and golf players ever. In addition to a fascinating account of Althea's life story, Jacobs serves up a damning commentary on how the economic structure and inherent racism in both competitive tennis and golf in the 1950s and 1960s prevented Althea from being the kind of household name the Williams sisters have been---or, for that matter, Arthur Ashe, Tiger Woods or any other of the many recent and reigning stars of the court or green.

Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson By Sally H. Jacobs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250246554
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 15th, 2023