The pleasures of reading are not bound to the page. The explorations inspired by reading can spread widely into associated experiences, as these five examples—involving apps, museum trips, binge TV, and craft projects—prove.
- Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (Gotham).
Aptowicz pens a fascinating and muscular biography of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, splendidly re-creating the doctor’s medical advancements, the age in which he worked, and the conditions and practices he sought to change. The Philadelphia museum that bears Mütter’s name and houses the vast collections he amassed to aid his practice and teaching is a great, if creepy, destination for all those who become fascinated by Aptowicz’s account.
- Rendez-vous with Art by Philippe de Montebello & Martin Gayford (Thames & Hudson).
An illustrated conversation about art between a noted museum director and an art historian and critic explores the treasures of museums and ponders questions of creative expression. Topics range from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) to the Louvre and from churches painted during the Middle Ages to statues cast 3,500 years ago. Recommend as a companion to the new image and video-rich iPad app, 82nd & 50, featuring 100 curators from the Met discussing 100 objects.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Bantam).
The beloved story of a World War II army nurse who slips back through time to the 1700s is now a STARZ TV series. Full of stunning scenery and a very strong sense of tension and menace (an atmosphere the book takes much longer to accomplish), the production is a hit. Longtime Gabaldon fans are likely to be drawn back to the novels, while new viewers may want to indulge in parallel reading and follow the books as well. Connect both to a new experience of the book through this tie-in edition featuring the lead actors in a classic “Outlander” pose.
- Broadchurch by Erin Kelly & Chris Chibnall (Minotaur: St. Martin’s).
Novelizations are the opposite of adaptations, but both are tricky paths for writers to navigate. Kelly turns Chibnall’s gripping, atmospheric, twisty, and stark TV mystery series about a small seaside town mired in grief and fear into a book that offers readers much of the same delights. Pair the book with the UK TV series on BBC America (Season 1 is out on DVD and Season 2 begins in 2015). This October, FOX debuts its American version of the show, Gracepoint, making yet another connection for readers.
- Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America by William Souder (Milkweed).
Audubon’s stunning portraits of birds never age, nor do books about his self-invention. Match this newly released paperback edition of Sounder’s Pulitzer Prize finalist biography with the September issue of Martha Stewart Living, which features cloth banners printed with several of Audubon’s iconic images. Either book or magazine might prompt interest in pictorial collections, making this a good time to put your elephant folio on display.