What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner? This week, it's historical characters, both fictional and real.
First up was Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn.
From the publisher, Chronicle Books:
"A treasure of a gift for the well-read woman, this collection brings together
50 stirring portraits, in watercolor and in word, of literature’s most well-read
female characters. Anna Karenina, Clarissa Dalloway, Daisy Buchanan...each seems
to live on the page through celebrated artist Samantha Hahn’s evocative
portraits and hand-lettered quotations, with the pairing of art and text
capturing all the spirit of the character as she was originally written. The
book itself evokes vintage grace re imagined for contemporary taste, with a cloth
spine silk screened in a graphic pattern, debossed cover, and pages that turn
with the tactile satisfaction of watercolor paper. In the hand and in the
reading, here is a new classic for the book lover’s library."
Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes - from Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd.
From the publisher, Zest Books:
"This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them? Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. Each entry describes the period in which the heartthrob lived and includes essential stats, hilarious sidebars, and, of course, a “crushability” ranking: a measurement of how crush-worthy these people really are, based on their relative levels of heroism (or villainy)."
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)