(Every week I add new titles to CCLaP's ever-growing "to-read" list, mostly through the free library monitoring service Wowbrary.com; and now thanks to a reader's suggestion, I share that list of new additions each week here at the blog as well, including brief descriptions of why I added them to my list. For the entire reading list including its hundreds and hundreds of titles, visit either CCLaP's Goodreads.com profile or its Amazon wish list.)
Millais's Collected Illustrations, by Sir John Everett Millais
One of the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an important movement in British Victorian painting that I've been studying this winter for an upcoming research project, this volume collects up the best of his wood-based 19th-century illustrations. A book I plan to check out of the library, flip through, and turn back in, frankly.
The Curator's Egg: The Evolution of the Museum Concept from the French Revolution to the Present Day, by Karsten Schubert
Not a history of a particular museum but rather of the concept of museums, this book looks at the Louvre from the French Revolution to the present day to see how these institutions have shaped with the times. This 2001 title was recently re-released with a new chapter, all about the move among museums in the last ten years towards a more corporate operating model.
John Belushi is Dead, by Kathy Charles
A hipster youth novel about two death-obsessed teens who travel around Los Angeles visiting celebrity death sites, eventually getting pulled into a mystery involving a fascinating loner who lives in one of these macabre apartments. From MTV Books, which has a much better reputation for smart, cutting-edge literature than you might expect.
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, by Mark Hodder
This is the latest novel from our friends at Pyr to arrive in the mail, a steampunk spectacular which pairs the real-life adventurer Sir Richard Burton with perverted illustrator and Marquis de Sade admirer Algernon Swinburne. (By the way, they're also being kind enough to send along the first book in this series, The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack; I'll be reviewing both at the same time, likely at the end of April.)