On My Nightstand: July 2017 Reads

This month was all about the biographies, including Inside Out, an autobiography by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, and the new Diane Arbus biography A Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow, a frequent writer for The New Yorker. I have also included fiction novel from one of my most favourite writers, Kate Morton, who was included in last month's post. I couldn't resist reading another book of hers; they are so, so excellent. 

Inside Out: The History of Pink Floyd by Nick Mason

I love classic rock biographies, especially when they are autobiographies. I had never read a bio on Pink Floyd, but have adored the band's music for as long as I can remember. Needless to say, I am so glad I waited. Nick Mason, who was the drummer of Pink Floyd since the very beginning, writes so beautifully and candidly about the experience of being in one of rock 'n' roll's most iconic and innovative bands. The book is historical, chronicling Floyd's journey from being an underground band in during the Swinging Sixties in London, to becoming one of the world's most critically acclaimed bands throughout the 1970s and 80s. However, although factual and accurate, the book is also emotive, funny, and wonderfully British. You quite literally feel as if you are in conversation with Mason, who answers all the questions you want to know about the talents and stories behind the legendary Pink Floyd. 

On another note, I recently saw the Pink Floyd exhibition Their Mortal Remains at the V&A in London. It is absolutely excellent, and I feel as if I got so much more out of the exhibit through reading Mason's stories about the band in this book. 

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

As most of you already know, I absolutely adore the works of Kate Morton. I think they are so beautifully written, and hold some of the most interesting and profound mystery stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. My most recent Kate Morton read followed the lives of three family members where time, oceans, and secrets were against them. Like many of her books, The Forgotten Garden is based on the mysterious and storybook-like shores of Cornwall in England, the perfect setting for a mystery such as this. The story unfolds as Nell is told by her father that she is in fact not biologically related to her family, causing a life of confusion and displacement. She eventually sets off to England alone to rediscover her past, falling short at the beginning of her journey due to familial matters. This is until her curious granddaughter, Cassandra, takes over her mission, only to find out astonishing things about her family lineage. 

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow

After studying the work of Diane Arbus in school last year, I was thrilled to receive this book as a birthday gift from my aunt. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Diane Arbus' work, a quick Google search will reveal her unique and, oftentimes, unsettling style. Starting as a premier fashion photographer alongside her husband, Alan Arbus, Diane Arbus' work eventually transformed to fit her inquisitive and curious nature. Her stark and effortlessly intimate black and white portraits of New York City's forgotten misfits tells a story of those behind the scenes: the unglamorous and the ignored. Arbus' story is one of a struggling artist, fighting with the limitations of creativity and the real world, which ultimately led to her tragic suicide in 1971. The book, however, is truly fascinating, as it unravels Arbus' unique character, work, and life.  

I hope you have found a new book to dive into this summer! Have any other great books I should read, or that you want me to review in August? Please leave me a comment down below!