We know that when we travel, the lighter the better! Enter the paperback — perfectly portable to stash in your carry-on and, when finished, to give to your neighboring traveler. Books are best when shared.
For our first Passport, we chose a few of our favorite past titles and, by chance, providence or coincidence, each has painting at its center.
The Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay tells the story of a young woman finding herself within the beautiful Italian countryside. At once sweeping, romantic and intimate, Katherine Reay writes a beautiful story of love, family, transformation and grace. Everything about this story exemplified spring to me, the perfect palette cleanser after a winter that seemed heavy, upsetting and often hopeless.
In Georgia, Dawn Tripp brings to light the relationship between artist Georgia O’Keeffe and famed art dealer and photographer Alfred Stieglitz, focusing on their early years together in New York City and Lake George. Tripp’s writing is fierce and dynamic, fully inhabiting the voice of O’Keeffe, an icon who we all feel we know so well, yet who demands to be re-examined with fresh eyes.
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro was one of my favorite books last fall. As an art history major, I loved revisiting with my favorite artists before they became the larger-than-life figures of the Abstract Expressonist movement we remember so well — Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner. All are here and wrapped in a mystery that straddles the present day and the early 1940s.
These three books are each incredibly dear to my heart for unique reasons and so, for the first passport box, I am so excited to share them with you. These stories are meant to be savored, enjoyed and passed along to a best friend.
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