This week the Abbeville Blog is featuring some of our finest e-book titles for those readers with holiday gift cards to redeem and/or New Year’s resolutions to fulfill (“I will read five Abbeville Press books per month”). Today’s recommendations have a personal touch: they’re two of the outstanding memoirs in our Biography & Literature category.
First up is A Key to the Louvre: Memoirs of a Curator, by art historian, curator, and museum director M. Michel Laclotte. If you’re interested in collection and curation, you’re going to Louvre (sorry, got it out of our system) this charming retrospective on a life’s work in one of the world’s great museums. Laclotte was not only chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Louvre for two decades; he was also part of the team that created the Musée d’Orsay. Makes you stop and think: what have I done for the international art scene lately?
If you’re more into pop than high culture, you’ll be sure to dig on Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den”, by movie critic Jeffrey Lyons. Lyons’ dad was the famous New York Post writer Leonard Lyons, whose column “The Lyons Den” was a fixture of celebrity dish in New York City for forty years (1934-74). In this funny, breezy memoir you’ll find tales of Leonard’s hobnobbing with notables from Chaplin and Churchill to Hemingway and Sophia Loren. Mixed in with the old-timey celebrity gossip are selections from son Jeffrey’s interviews with current stars, including George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Michael Caine.
Two monuments to two lives: one in the art industry, one in entertainment. Perfect for entertaining you this winter, if you can’t make it to Paris or the bar stool beside Hemingway.