Written by: Diane Stanley
First line: In the city there was a great art museum.
Why you should read this book: Class and space issues separate two lovely Dutch paintings, one of smiling kitchen maid and one of a stately young gentleman. They are doomed to look from afar, censure by the disapproving voices of other, more conservative paintings. At last, a perceptive art student, sensing their distress, unites them in her own interpretation of their paintings.
Why you shouldn't read this book: Love: it's not for you, and you don't think anyone else should enjoy it either.