There are so many ways to love art. Even if you’re not a weekly museum visitor, if you’ve ever been moved by a piece of music, drawn to an intricate tattoo design, or captivated by a movie, you’ve had a moment of authentic artistic appreciation. So if you’d like to celebrate the art you already love—and maybe discover some new masterpieces—check out the five excellent books below.
Falling Rocket: James Whistler, John Ruskin, and the Battle for Modern Art
By Paul Thomas Murphy
The untold story of the artistic battle between James Abbot MacNeill Whistler and John Ruskin over Whistler’s controversial, groundbreaking painting Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Paul Thomas Murphy, in the Next Big Idea App
The Story of Art Without Men
By Katy Hessel
Have your sense of art history overturned and your eyes opened to many artforms often ignored or dismissed. From the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, this is the history of art as it’s never been told before. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Katy Hessel, in the Next Big Idea App
Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us
By Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross
A life-altering journey through the science of neuroaesthetics, which shows how our brains and bodies transform when we participate in the arts—and how this knowledge can both improve our health and help us build stronger communities. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross, in the Next Big Idea App
Culture: The Story of Us, from Cave Art to K-Pop
By Martin Puchner
An acclaimed author, professor, and public intellectual takes us on a breakneck tour through pivotal moments in world history, providing a global introduction to the arts and humanities in one engaging volume. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Martin Puchner, in the Next Big Idea App
This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You
By Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas
A sound engineer turned cognitive neuroscientist guides readers to recognize their musical personality, and offers language to describe one’s own unique taste. This is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Susan Rogers, in the Next Big Idea App
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“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.
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With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
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