Ready to stock your bookshelf with some great summertime reads? If you're hanging out around here, we're guessing you'll appreciate some good design-related literature (or art, architecture and other home-centric topics). We got you. We'll get you started with some of our picks and encourage you to add your own. Let's get a good list going so we can all have a much more literate and enjoyable summer.
• Loving Frank by Nancy Horan— Everything you never knew about Frank Lloyd Wright and his affair with one of his clients, Mamah Borthwick. It's fiction based on the history of their very well-publicized affair and is full of great gems about architecture and turn-of-the-century American culture.
• Under the Tuscan Sun: at Home in Italy by Frances Mayes — If you loved the movie, don't forget that this was a great book first. Frances Mayes wrote this memoir of her time in Italy renovating a crumbling Tuscan villa and it's also full of her recipes that will have you appreciating Italy even more.
• The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg — A non-fiction book about the community-centric "third" places where we spend our leisure time (besides our homes and offices). Oldenburg champions those other gathering places where we can enjoy life, relax and really connect with others. Things have sure changed since this book was published in 1989 so this book's message is even more relevant than ever.
• The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro — A fictional look into the fine art world through the eyes of a struggling Boston artist who is drawn into a suspenseful (and pretty possibly illegal) game of art copying after the high profile theft of an important Degas.
Have you read something you loved? Now it's your turn to tell us: what are some of your favorite books that the Apartment Therapy community should know about?