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The top 50 Art audiobooks on Libro.fm based on sales from our 1,200+ partner bookstore locations.

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#1: The 99% Invisible City

A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
By Roman Mars & Kurt Kohlstedt
10 hours 48 minutes

A beautifully designed guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities, from the creators of the wildly popular 99% Invisible podcast Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean? Or stopped to consider why you don't see metal fire escapes on new buildings? Or pondered the story behind... Read more »

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#2: The Chiffon Trenches

A Memoir
By André Leon Talley
Narrated by André Leon Talley /  9 hours 38 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the pages of Vogue to the runways of Paris, this deeply revealing memoir by a legendary style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments.

The Chiffon Trenches honestly and candidly captures fifty sublime years of fashion.”—Manolo Blahnik

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#3: Sand Talk

How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World
By Tyson Yunkaporta
Narrated by Tyson Yunkaporta /  7 hours 49 minutes

A paradigm-shifting book in the vein of Sapiens that brings a crucial Indigenous perspective to historical and cultural issues of history, education, money, power, and sustainability—and offers a new template for living.

As an indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, one tied to the natural and... Read more »

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#4: Ninth Street Women

Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
By Mary Gabriel
Narrated by Lisa Stathoplos /  39 hours 13 minutes

Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times).

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic,... Read more »

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#5: Room to Dream

A Life
By David Lynch & Kristine McKenna
Narrated by David Lynch & Kristine McKenna /  15 hours 45 minutes

An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family — adapted by David Lynch from the print book especially for this audio program
 
In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for the first time about... Read more »

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#6: The Design of Everyday Things

Revised and Expanded Edition
By Don Norman
Narrated by Neil Hellegers /  10 hours 39 minutes

Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics.

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door.

The fault, argues this ingenious -- even... Read more »

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#7: ArtCurious

Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History
By Jennifer Dasal
Narrated by Jennifer Dasal /  9 hours 48 minutes

A wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you've never seen it before, from the host of the beloved ArtCurious podcast

We're all familiar with the works of Claude Monet, thanks in no small part to the ubiquitous reproductions of his water lilies on umbrellas, handbags, scarves, and dorm-room posters. But did you... Read more »

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#8: Minor Feelings

An Asian American Reckoning
By Cathy Park Hong
Narrated by Cathy Park Hong /  6 hours 52 minutes

A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human

“Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.”—Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen


Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to... Read more »

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#9: The World of Critical Role

The History Behind the Epic Fantasy
Critical Role
By Liz Marsham & Cast of Critical Role
Narrated by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn & Felicia Day /  11 hours 8 minutes

Dive deep into the history of the world’s most popular fantasy RPG livestream with the cast of Critical Role in this definitive guide.

From its unassuming beginnings as a casual home game between friends to the role-playing phenomenon it is today, Critical Role has become the stuff of legend. These pages chronicle how a circle of friends who all... Read more »

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#10: The Big Picture

The Fight for the Future of Movies
By Ben Fritz
Narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon /  9 hours 44 minutes

The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film

In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques... Read more »

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#11: Craftfulness

Mend Yourself by Making Things
By Rosemary Davidson & Arzu Tahsin
Narrated by Joan Walker /  4 hours 27 minutes

Integrating mindfulness, neuroscience, positive psychology, and creativity research, Craftfulness offers a thought-provoking and surprising reconsideration of craft, and how making things with your hands can connect us to our deepest selves and improve our well-being and overall happiness.

We should get this out of the way: Craftfulness is not a... Read more »

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#12: Leonardo da Vinci

By Walter Isaacson
Narrated by Alfred Molina /  17 hours 1 minute

The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker).

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing... Read more »

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#13: Shadows in the Vineyard

The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
By Maximillian Potter
Narrated by Donald Corren /  8 hours 40 minutes

Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romance-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine.

In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romance-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an... Read more »

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#14: Cræft

An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts
By Alexander Langlands
Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies /  10 hours 59 minutes

In the midst of a seemingly endless supply of mass-manufactured products, we find ourselves nostalgic for products bearing the mark of authenticity—hand-made furniture, artisan breads, craft beers, and other goods produced by human hands. What often goes unnoticed is the transformation of our understanding of craft—or rather, craeft—in the wake... Read more »

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#15: I Am Frida Kahlo

Ordinary People Change the World
By Brad Meltzer

The famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is the 23rd hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational... Read more »

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#16: A Craftsman’s Legacy

Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning
By Eric Gorges & Jon Sternfeld
Narrated by Eric Gorges /  7 hours 29 minutes

Today, even as so many of us spend hours in front of screens and in the virtual world, there is a growing movement that recognizes the power in the personal, the imperfect, the handmade. Eric Gorges, a metal shaper, taps into that hunger to get back to what's "real" through visits with the fellow artisans he has profiled for his popular public... Read more »

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#17: I Like to Watch

Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
By Emily Nussbaum
Narrated by Emily Nussbaum /  13 hours 42 minutes

From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch.

“Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic—smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful.”—David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon


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#18: How to Be an Artist

By Jerry Saltz
Narrated by Jerry Saltz /  2 hours 20 minutes

"Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. . . . This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath." —Steve Martin

Art has the power to change our lives. For many, becoming an... Read more »

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#19: The Light Years

A Memoir
By Chris Rush
Narrated by Victor Lodato /  10 hours 44 minutes

The Light Years

“Chris Rush's childhood ended when he dropped acid at age twelve. A talented, sensitive artistic kid, his search for love and family sends him into the arms of unlikely saviors who are incapable of defending him from himself. Make sure you hang on tight, because this coming of age memoir is unlike anything I've read.”

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#20: The Lonely City

Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
By Olivia Laing
Narrated by Susan Lyons /  9 hours 55 minutes

An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring. You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The... Read more »

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#21: The Hare with Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance
By Edmund de Waal
Narrated by Micheal Maloney /  10 hours 37 minutes

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox.

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#22: Hitler's Last Hostages

Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich
By Mary M. Lane
Narrated by Mary M. Lane /  11 hours 55 minutes

Adolf Hitler's obsession with art not only fueled his vision of a purified Nazi state--it was the core of his fascist ideology. Its aftermath lives on to this day.

Nazism ascended by brute force and by cultural tyranny. Weimar Germany was a society in turmoil, and Hitler's rise was achieved not only by harnessing the military but also by... Read more »

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#23: Old in Art School

A Memoir of Starting Over
By Nell Painter
Narrated by Nell Painter /  11 hours

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school―in her sixties―to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves,... Read more »

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#24: The Porcelain Thief

Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China
By Huan Hsu
Narrated by Huan Hsu /  11 hours 33 minutes

The Porcelain Thief

“Huan Hsu chronicles his journey to unearth his family's porcelain, said to have been buried during WW2. The treasure was then lost during China's Cultural Revolution. Although the surviving family members can't agree to what was owned and what became of the porcelain, Huan Hsu's journey to for the truth has given him some great stories. He learns his family's history and discovers a China he was completely unprepared for. I decided to read this book because I enjoyed "The Hare with the Amber Eyes", however his time in the urban and rural areas reminded me of the dystopian and sci-fi novels I enjoy. And if you don't appreciate reading dystopian or sci-fi, you will like this for the writer's story telling, the cultural insight and the history.”

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#25: Fashionopolis

The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes
By Dana Thomas
Narrated by Dana Thomas /  9 hours 14 minutes

*NYTBR Paperback Row Selection*

An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry and the grassroots, high-tech, international movement fighting to reform it
 

What should I wear? It’s one of the fundamental questions we ask ourselves every day. More than ever, we are told it should be something new. Today, the clothing... Read more »

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#26: You Are an Artist

Assignments to Spark Creation
By Sarah Urist Green
Narrated by Sarah Urist Green /  5 hours 43 minutes

“There are more than 50 creative prompts for the artist (or artist at heart) to explore. Take the title of this book as affirmation, and get started.” —Fast Company

More than 50 assignments, ideas, and prompts to expand your world and help you make outstanding new things to put into it


Curator Sarah Urist Green left her office in the basement of... Read more »

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#27: Broken Glass

Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece
By Alex Beam
Narrated by Kimberly Farr /  8 hours 47 minutes

The true story of the intimate relationship that gave birth to the Farnsworth House, a masterpiece of twentieth-century architecture—and disintegrated into a bitter feud over love, money, gender, and the very nature of art.

“An amazing story, brilliantly told.”—Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic and author of The Art of Rivalry

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#28: Walk Through Walls

A Memoir
By Marina Abramovic
Narrated by Marina Abramovic /  14 hours 55 minutes

Walk Through Walls

“Considered one of the best performance artists of our time, Marina Abramovic narrates the story of her own fascinating life -- the inspiration behind many pieces, the outcome and response to them, the people she grew to know and love during her time around the world. She shares her difficult home life, the intimacy of her love affair with Ulay, and more fascinating details from throughout her life to this point.”

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#29: How to Disappear

Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency
By Akiko Busch
Narrated by Gabra Zackman /  6 hours 5 minutes

It is time to reevaluate the merits of the inconspicuous life, to search out some antidote to continuous exposure, and to reconsider the value of going unseen, undetected, or overlooked in this new world. Might invisibility be regarded not simply as refuge, but as a condition with its own meaning and power? The impulse to escape notice is not... Read more »

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#30: M Train

By Patti Smith
Narrated by Patti Smith /  6 hours 31 minutes

National Best Seller 

From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes... Read more »

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#31: The Art of Cruelty

A Reckoning
By Maggie Nelson
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert /  8 hours 49 minutes

Today both reality and entertainment crowd our fields of vision with brutal imagery. The pervasiveness of images of torture, horror, and war has all but demolished the twentieth-century hope that such imagery might shock us into a less alienated state, or aid in the creation of a just social order. What to do now? When to look, when to turn... Read more »

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#32: Becoming Dr. Seuss

Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination
By Brian Jay Jones
Narrated by Mike Chamberlain /  18 hours

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well of magic, his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. The... Read more »

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#33: Leonardo da Vinci

La biografía
By Walter Isaacson
Narrated by Luis Solís /  19 hours 47 minutes

El aclamado autor de los best sellers Steve Jobs y Einstein nos vuelve a cautivar con la vida del genio más creativo de la historia en esta fascinante biografía.

Basándose en las miles de páginas de los cuadernos manuscritos de Leonardo y nuevos descubrimientos sobre su vida y su obra, Walter Isaacson teje una narración que conecta el arte de... Read more »

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#34: The Rise

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery
By Sarah Lewis
Narrated by Sarah Lewis /  6 hours 19 minutes

From celebrated art historian, curator, and teacher Sarah Lewis, a fascinating examination of how our most iconic creative endeavors—from innovation to the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.

The gift of failure is a riddle: it will always be both the void and the start of infinite possibility. The... Read more »

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#35: Big Wonderful Thing

By Stephen Harrigan
Narrated by George Guidall /  28 hours 53 minutes

The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world. I couldnt believe Texas was real,... Read more »

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#36: Time is the Thing a Body Moves Through

By T Fleischmann
Narrated by Joel Froomkin /  4 hours 51 minutes

How do the bodies we inhabit affect our relationship with art? How does art affect our relationship to our bodies? T Fleischmann uses Felix Gonzáles-Torres’s artwork—piles of candy, stacks of paper, puzzles—as a path through questions of love and loss, violence and rejuvenation, gender and sexuality. From the back porches of Buffalo to the... Read more »

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#37: The Queens of Animation

The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History
By Nathalia Holt
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld /  11 hours 37 minutes

From the bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, the untold, "richly detailed" story of the women of Walt Disney Studios, who shaped the iconic films that have enthralled generations (Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Figures).

From Snow White to Moana, from Pinocchio to Frozen, the animated films of Walt... Read more »

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#38: Five Days Gone

The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
By Laura Cumming
Narrated by Kate Reading /  7 hours 57 minutes

NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Velazquez Laura Cumming shares the riveting story of her mother’s mysterious kidnapping as a toddler in a small English coastal village—and how that event reverberated... Read more »

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#39: Radioactive

Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
By Lauren Redniss
Narrated by Nicola Barber /  2 hours 4 minutes

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Marjane Sartrapi, starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley. 

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINIALIST. 

"Vivid and ethereal." —New York Times 

“Radioactive is quite unlike any book I have ever read—part history, part love story, part art work and all parts sheer imaginative genius.”
— Malcolm Gladwell

Radioactive is the... Read more »

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#40: The Eye

An Insider's Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art
By Philippe Costamagna & Frank Wynne
Narrated by Robertson Dean /  7 hours 1 minute

It's a rare and secret profession, comprising a few dozen people around the world equipped with a mysterious mixture of knowledge and innate sensibility. Summoned to Swiss bank vaults, Fifth Avenue apartments, and Tokyo storerooms, they are entrusted by collectors, dealers, and museums to decide if a coveted picture is real or fake and to... Read more »

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#41: Broad Strokes

15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)
By Bridget Quinn & Lisa Congdon
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert /  5 hours 29 minutes

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of fifteen brilliant female artists in this smart, feisty, educational, and... Read more »

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#42: Radiant Child

The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
By Javaka Steptoe
Narrated by Ron Butler /  19 minutes

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games... Read more »

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#43: Proust Was a Neuroscientist

By Jonah Lehrer
Narrated by Dan John Miller /  7 hours 39 minutes

In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.

Taking... Read more »

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#44: Rodin

A Biography
By Frederic V. Grunfeld
Narrated by Simon Vance /  27 hours 1 minute

Auguste Rodin was not only the greatest sculptor—known for such works as The Thinker, The Kiss, The Hand of God, and dozens of others—but also one of the most remarkable personalities of modern times. He was an artist who outraged contemporaries with his disturbingly unfinished monuments, a sensualist who shocked France with his scandalous... Read more »

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#45: Funny Weather

Art in an Emergency
By Olivia Laing
Narrated by Sophie Aldred /  9 hours 39 minutes

"One of the finest writers of the new non-fiction" (Harper's Bazaar) explores the role of art in the tumultuous twenty-first century. In the age of Trump and Brexit, every crisis is instantly overridden by the next. The turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century generates anxiety and makes it difficult to know how to react. Olivia... Read more »

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#46: A Month in Siena

By Hisham Matar
Narrated by Hisham Matar /  3 hours 23 minutes

A Month in Siena

“Matar wrote this book in between books. The one he had just finished, The Return (which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017), was a memoir of his attempt to discover the fate of his father, who was disappeared by the Libyan regime when Matar was a child, and so his month in this Italian city was intended as a respite. And it reads that way: not as a vacation, but as a chance for Matar to wander, in body and mind, a project for which the ancient walled city turns out, paradoxically, to be ideal. Drawn at first by his almost inexplicable longtime attraction to the paintings of the Sienese School, Matar turns out to be equally drawn to chance encounters with locals (often fellow outsiders like himself) and to the play of his thinking through days of near silence. It's a small book about a small city that opens the space for large thoughts.”

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#47: Born to Be Posthumous

The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
By Mark Dery
Narrated by Adam Sims /  14 hours 47 minutes

The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.

From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the... Read more »

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#48: Art & Fear

Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
By David Bayles & Ted Orland
Narrated by Arthur Morey /  3 hours 8 minutes

What is your art really about? Where is it going? What stands in the way of getting it there?

These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development—and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary. Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made,... Read more »

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#49: Plagued by Fire

The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright
By Paul Hendrickson
Narrated by Arthur Morey /  24 hours 49 minutes

Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made.

This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his... Read more »

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#50: Warhol

By Blake Gopnik
Narrated by Graham Halstead /  43 hours 32 minutes

The definitive biography of a fascinating and paradoxical figure, one of the most influential artists of his—or any—age.

To this day, mention the name “Andy Warhol” to almost anyone and you’ll hear about his famous images of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. But though Pop Art became synonymous with Warhol’s name and dominated the public’s image of... Read more »

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