Review: Library of Luminaries
Chronicle Books has a fabulous new Library of Luminaries series that celebrates famous women. These small (about 6¼ x 6¼) books are beautifully illustrated and pack a lot into a few pages.
I am not a heroine. But I have chosen the person I wanted to be. — Coco Chanel, 1946
Library of Luminaries: Coco Chanel follows the famous French designer from birth to death. Of course, her life is simplified, but author Zena Alkayat doesn’t shy away from the controversial parts of her life. Except for two incidents that were reported (and not confirmed) the book is an accurate account of Chanel’s life. There is a lot of attention to detail – from the gorgeous cover and end papers to the embossed title. You’ll want to pick this book up over and over again.
It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. — Frida Kahlo
Library of Luminaries: Frida Kahlo is just as beautiful as Coco Chanel. I knew little about this wonderful artist going in, so I found this book particularly fascinating. Author Zena Alkayat is faithful to the author’s life and, once again, there is much attention to detail. Nina Cosford’s wonderful illustrations enhance this gem of a book. I found myself Googling Kahlo after reading this book and would like to learn more about her.
Even though these books are small, they’re intended for a more mature audience and I recommend them to teens on up. Be sure to check out the Library of Luminaries for you or someone you know who’s interested in strong women. You won’t be disappointed!