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August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Permalink

We are off and running with another book about the arts. The Art Forger is a very well-written novel about a very real art heist. In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, thieves, dressed as policemen, made off with over $500 million dollars worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston.

In our book, Claire Roth, a struggling young artist with her own rather shaky history in the art world, is about to discover some unpleasant truths about this robbery, and maybe about the original founder of the museum.

The novel itself has attracted the attention of many in the art world, and part of its allure is how it brings that world to us. Like many novels, this one gives us an easy, if not entirely accurate, glimpse into a world not our own. I hope you are enjoying it so far.

While you are busy enjoying this book, let me tell you about a few others your fellow readers have found interesting. At the close of our Face to Face meeting last month, we got to discussing books we had recently read and enjoyed. I am happy to share them here with you as I really think one of the greatest things about belonging to a book club is the wealth of knowledge the other readers bring to the table.

The first title is a nonfiction work about the same robbery. It's The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser. Other books our readers loved include The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and The Hammer of Eden by Ken Follet. I Promise Not To Suffer, by Gail Storey, is about a husband and wife who decide to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Part of it takes place in Sacramento.

So, until our Face to Face to talk about The Art Forger, on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m., I will say,

Thanks for reading.

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