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Gorgeous Paintings Inspired by Books

We’ve created a mini-museum of our favorite paintings inspired by books. Did we miss a good one? Tell us about it in the comments!

We love it when artists look to books for their inspiration.

It’s a poignant experience – looking at paintings inspired by books, seeing how an artist pulls the images off the page and places them on the canvas. We’ve gathered work by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Sir John Everett Millais, and more!

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Win a Copy of Giuliana Rancic’s Hilarious Memoir Going Off Script

A witty, warm, and inspiring memoir from the E News! host, Fashion Police panelist, red-carpet correspondent, author, and reality show star Giuliana Rancic.

From a young age she dreamed of being a TV anchorwoman but, because of her inclination toward mischief and away from schoolwork, her path to her dream job was far from straight. After a fateful (and mortifying) encounter with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, she learned that Hollywood news was where she belonged.

Thankfully for readers, this epiphany led her to a bounty of LA misadventures (featuring notables such as Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe) and an entertaining behind-the-scenes perspective on what our favorite celebrities are really like.

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Enter for a Chance to Win The Other Side of Midnight

“No one mixes romance, mystery, and that faint, spine-tingling sense of the supernatural – that curtain lifting in a breeze that isn’t there, the hair prickling on the back of your neck – like Simone St. James.” —Lauren Willig, author of the Pink Carnation series

London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she’s been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.

Ellie doesn’t contact the dead — at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can’t refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria’s secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes.

Excerpt Good for Book Clubs

Captivating Tale of the Daughter of Egypt’s Most Famous Queen

Dive in to the first chapter of Cleopatra’s Daughter and get hooked on Michelle Moran’s thrilling historical novel.

Alexandria. August 12, 30 BC.

While we waited for the news to arrive, we played dice. I felt the small ivory cubes stick in my palms as I rolled a pair of ones.

“Snake eyes,” I said, fanning myself with my hand. Even the stir of a sea breeze through the marble halls of our palace did little to relieve the searing heat that had settled across the city.

“It’s your turn,” Alexander said. When our mother didn’t respond, he repeated, “Mother, it’s your turn.” But she wasn’t listening.

Author Q&A Good for Book Clubs

Reading Confessions From the Co-Authors of The Knockoff

Writing always seemed like a solitary sport to me—like swimming or long-distance running.

“In thirteen years of editing fiction, I had never worked with co-authors before,” admits Jenny Jackson, Senior Editor at Doubleday.

“So when I acquired Lucy Sykes’s and Jo Piazza’s The Knockoff, I had a lot of questions: How on earth did they work together? Was it fifty-fifty? And with a book as funny as The Knockoff, which one of them was actually the hilarious one?”

Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza reveal the books they’ve said they read (but they lied), the characters they love to hate, and their author crushes. And the music they listen to while writing. For Jo, it’s a mixture of sixties French pop with eighties American hair bands … no joke.

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

What Are Your Reading Quirks?

Reading quirks. C’mon, we know you have at least one … let’s confess in the comments!

Do you always read the last page first? Do you refuse to dog-ear pages? Without exception, do you write “This Book Belongs To…” in every book in your library?

Do you savor that delicious crack when you open a new hardcover (and refuse to buy a new hardcover unless it’s “uncracked”)? Do you smell your books?

Do you have a “good luck” book that you keep close on important days? Have you used the same bookmark for the last 10 years? Do you keep certain books hidden at the back of your bookshelf?

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Be the First to Read The Knockoff, the Season’s Hottest Rom-Com Novel

“Makes The Devil Wears Prada look like My Little Pony.” –Toby Young, bestselling author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Enter for Your Chance to Win Cleopatra’s Daughter

Marc Antony and Cleopatra’s three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two – the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander – survive the journey.

Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.