Do you love art and reading? The Members Book Club is the perfect forum to discuss exciting literature related to the art world in a fun and relaxed environment.

The Members Book Club meets quarterly in the Museum’s Richardson Memorial Library on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, unless otherwise noted. Each session includes a short introduction by a guest speaker followed by small group discussions led by library staff. Light refreshments are served. Book Club attendees may register for a single session or the entire year. Each session is $10 per person and is limited to Museum Members only. Register now for one or more sessions.

For more information, to be added to our mailing list, or to register by phone, please call 314.655.5235.

2014 Book Club Schedule



Meet the Author!
The Millionaire and the Mummies:
Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings
By John M. Adams
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 am
*One session only

For this installment of the Members Book Club, we welcome author John M. Adams for a discussion of his lively biography of Theodore Davis, The Millionaire and the Mummies. At the start of the 20th century, Theodore Davis was the most famous name in archaeology in the world. Davis found a record eighteen tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and, breaking with custom, gave his share of the spoils to museums. In this first ever biography of Davis, Adams chronicles the rise of a poor country preacher’s son who, through corruption and fraud, amassed tremendous wealth in Gilded-Age New York and then atoned for his ruthless career by inventing new standards for systematic excavation. Register



The Lost Carving: 
A Journey to the Heart of Making 

By David Esterly
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 13, 10:30 am  

In The Lost Carving, master woodcarver David Esterly recounts the challenging year he spent restoring and replacing fire-damaged carvings in Hampton Court Palace, England. Written with a philosopher’s intellect and a poet’s grace, Esterly’s lovely memoir goes beyond the narrative to explore the connection between creativity and physical work and the passionate pursuit of an artistic vocation. Joining us for the Book Club will be a panel of artists from Craft Alliance discussing their own work and the physical, mental, and spiritual process of creating. Register




At the King's Pleasure
By Kate Emerson
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 am

In November, we’ll head to Tudor England for At the King’s Pleasure, a historical novel based on the life of Lady Ann Stafford, a member of Henry VIII’s royal court. History remembers Lady Anne as the woman who cheated on her husband with both King Henry VIII and his companion, Sir William Compton. Lady Anne was indeed in love with two men at the same time….but the king wasn’t one of them. Lady Anne’s complex and heart-wrenching romantic relationships are at the core of this riveting tale, which has a connection to our own collection: a portrait of Anne Stafford was acquired by the Museum in 2003. For these sessions of the Book Club, Judy Mann, curator of European art to 1800, will join us to divulge the interesting story behind the 16th-century portrait. Register

Register now for one or more sessions

All Book Club selections are available for purchase online and in person at the Museum Shop. Members receive 10% off of all purchases. Visit the online Museum Shop.

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Book Club Parking

The south entrance is no longer available for Book Club parking. Please use the lots in front of the Museum on Fine Arts Drive and enter the Museum via the Main Building entrance into Sculpture Hall. The East Building and Parking Garage will not be open for Tuesday Book Club sessions and will not open until right at 10:00 am for Saturday sessions. 





Past Book Club Selections

The Masterpiece
by Emile Zola
The Painter's Chair:
George Washington and the Making of American Art
by Hugh Howard

Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
by Robert Hughes
Thus Was Adonis Murdered
by Sarah Caudwell

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs
of Edward Curtis
by Timothy Egan, February 2013

Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacey Schiff, November 2012
The Other Rembrandt: A Novel
by Alex Connor, September 2012
The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins
Her Life's Work at 72
by Molly Peacock, May 2012
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel
by Susan Vreeland, March 2o12
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money
by Maureen Stanton, February 2012

Loving Frank: A Novel
by Nancy Horan, November 2011
Sargent's Daughters:
The Biography of a Painting
by Erica E. Hirshler, September 2011
Wicked River: The Mississippi River
When It Last Ran Wild
by Lee Sandlin, July 2011
Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession
by Craig Childs, April 2011
An Object of Beauty
by Steve Martin, February 2011
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
by Lynn H. Nicholas, November 2010
Aesop’s Mirror: A Love Story
by Maryalice Huggins, September 2010
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
by Harriet Scott Chessman, July 2010
Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man
and his Times
By William Wallace, May 2010

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