Monday, December 13, 2010

What is Suzanne Loebl reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Suzanne Loebl, author of America's Medicis: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy.

One book she mentions: Laura Esquirel’s Like Water for Chocolate.
It has the magical element so typical of Latin American writers: a tsunami from nowhere wipes out a flock of chickens and doves, a vicious mother who insists that her second daughter marries her youngest daughter’s sweetheart, turning into a ghost, or an illicit pregnancy that is not. Recipes that ordinary cooks will never make accompany this delicious...[read on]
Among the early praise for America's Medicis:
"Ms. Loebl's account is well grounded both in the existing literature and in original archival research... [T]his is an illuminating and impressive portrait of the Rockefellers' vast cultural legacy...
--Jonathan Lopez, Wall Street Journal

"Suzanne Loebl, a New York art journalist, has given a highly readable account of [the Rockefellers'] achievement. She does not shrink from hinting at the human frailties of her heroes. Her real heroine is Abby, who focused on buying the work of younger and less well-known artists. Ms Loebl does not conceal the conventionalism of Junior, the megalomaniac tendencies of Nelson, or the feuds between the brothers in the third generation...."
--The Economist
Browse inside America's Medicis, and learn more about the book and author at Suzanne Loebl's website.

The Page 99 Test: America's Medicis.

Writers Read: Suzanne Loebl.

--Marshal Zeringue