Summer Reads: Selena Beaudry

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One of my favorite artists SELENA BEAUDRY is known for her use of intricate piles of cut paper, creative collages and strong brushstrokes on canvas. Selena’s art is inspired by everything from color, sound, taste, smells, travel, art history and even books, so I asked her to share what she’ll be reading this summer.

selena annaAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written Anna Karenina is Tolstoy’s classic tale of love set against the backdrop of 19th century high society in Russia. A complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky.

selena just kidsJust Kids by Patti Smith

Patti Smith gives us an unvarnished glimpse into her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in an honest and moving account of youth, friendship and love in 1960s New York.

selena cleopatraCleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra’s life spanned fewer than forty years, but it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She waged civil wars within her own family, had affairs with great men like Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and strived to maintain a prominence and influence as one of the wealthiest rulers in the Mediterranean.

selena casualThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. The rich are at war with the poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their students, but the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council becomes the catalyst for the biggest war Pagford has ever seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?

selena wolfWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Set in the period from 1500 to 1535, Wolf Hall is a fictionalized biography documenting the life and rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII.

selena bring upBring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

In this Wolf Hall sequel, Hilary Mantel focuses on the tensions in King Henry’s court when the plot against his wife, Anne Boleyn intensifies and she is arrested, tried and beheaded for treason.

selena lets exploreLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Probably the one book on everyone’s reading list are these essays from David Sedaris about his offbeat family life, health, politics and travels.

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