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Stolen Beauty
Stolen Beauty: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimts most remarkable paintings. In the dazzling glitter of 1903 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Baueryoung, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewishmeets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimts renegade genius as the two awaken to the erotic possibilities on the canvas and beyond. Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the faade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adeles coffee house afternoons and cultural salons. Nearly forty years later, Adeles niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austriaand overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her aunts legacy if she is to survive and keep her familyand their historyalive. Will Maria and her family escape the grip of Nazis grip? And what will become of the paintings that her aunt nearly sacrificed everything for? Impeccably researched and a must-read for fans of Kristin Hannahs The Nightingale and Paula McLains Circling the Sun (Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Stolen Beauty intertwines the tales of two remarkable women across more than a hundred years. It juxtaposes passion and discovery against hatred and despair, and shines a light on our ability to love, to destroy, and above all, to endure.
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Loric
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A fascinating blend of fact and fiction, this is a story of Adele Bloch-Bauer, her portrait The Lady in Gold, painted by artist Gustav Klimt and her niece‘s quest to regain possession of the Klimt painting that was taken from her family during the Nazi invasion.

Beautifully written, I was easily transported back in time to the Viennese salons, studios and museums, bringing the Vienna Secession Movement and art culture to life. Enjoyable read

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Picnic on a hot day. They asked if I would like a fruit and cheese box with my wine. Do I look like the sort of person who says no to cheese?

Moray_Reads Looks delicious 😋 2y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 2y
Sophoclessweetheart That looks amazing ! 2y
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Aims42 Yum!! Looks great 📚🍷🧀 2y
Laughterhp If this is the Vineyard in CT, I‘ve totally been there and loved the decor there! 😊 2y
Bookcation74 I love everything about this picture! 2y
Quirkybookworm I‘m so with you!! You‘d better invite me next time!😉 2y
GripLitGrl If that's a port wine cheese it's one of my fave snacks on a cracker. Perfect snack time 🍷 2y
umbrellagirl @Laughterhp It is Sharpe Hill in Pomfret. We have over forty wineries in CT 💙 2y
Laughterhp Yes! I love the CT Wineries! My favs are Maugle Sierra and Preston Ridge 🍷🍷💕 2y
umbrellagirl @Bookcation74 me too, except the heat! 2y
umbrellagirl @Aims42 One of my favourite combinations 2y
umbrellagirl @Laughterhp I am slowly working my way through this year‘s wine passport. Yesterday was blackberry mango wine slushies at Arrigoni 😍 2y
umbrellagirl @GripLitGrl It was and it was so good! 2y
Laughterhp Sounds delicious! I‘ve done the passport before. I try and get some stamps every year. 2y
AngelHelen Looks like an amazing afternoon 💕 2y
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vlwelser
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This is the first page of the novel. ❤

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vlwelser
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This one was really great. I love novels about art. Gustav Klimt has been a favorite for a long time. If you ever get to Vienna, the Belvedere is a must.

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Artsywink
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60 pages in and really enjoying this book so far. If you like art, history, WWII novels, and Klimt, I highly recommend picking this up.

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Cinfhen
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“Everything and everyone had been stolen from us. We were broken-hearted but not broken.” Something about those words really resonated with me. The atrocities that befell the Jews of Europe still shocks me & yet they persevered. This book captures the painstaking rise of the Nazi party in vivid rich historical detail. I enjoyed learning the backstory of Klimt‘s famous pieces of art, especially since I got to see a few with @DivineDiana in NY🙌🏻

VelvetSpade Love Klimt! I'm adding this one to my TBR. Thanks!! 2y
Cinfhen My only criticism , the book needed a family tree...it was hard to keep track of all the family members at times but otherwise this book was really well researched and well told @VelvetSpade (edited) 2y
DivineDiana You finished! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 So happy we were able to meet the author and see the Klimt paintings! 2y
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emilyhaldi Love Klimt and this books sounds amazing ✨ what's your vacation books read tally so far?! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds fascinating! 2y
StephanieGeiser Was this book used as the inspiration for the movie Woman in Gold? 2y
Cinfhen I‘m ready to go back to the Neue Galerie @DivineDiana Maybe @BarbaraTheBibliophage will want to join us this summer!?!??! 2y
Cinfhen Which I read and I thought it was fantastic, maybe better than this fictionalization 2y
Cinfhen Hmmm, good question @emilyhaldi I need to scroll through my feed and figure it out 🧐 2y
Cinfhen Looks like I read 18 books and bailed on 3 @emilyhaldi 😊💋 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @DivineDiana If I can, I‘d love to! 2y
TrishB This sounds fab - stacked 👍🏻 2y
TrishB Ohhh, already stacked!! 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage That would be grand! 🖼 2y
emilyhaldi Nice!!! 3 bails ain't so bad either 😉 2y
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous picture. 2y
StephanieGeiser @Cinfhen Thanks for letting me know! I‘ll stack that one too! 2y
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Cinfhen
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Final Starbucks run before Passover begins tonight....Happy Holiday weekend ❤️

LeahBergen Happy Holiday to you! 😘 2y
MicheleinPhilly Are they all yours? I can totally picture you triple-fisting them - “Must. Finish. Before. Passover.” 😘 2y
emilyhaldi I hope those weren't all for you! 😆 Happy Passover!!! 2y
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Dolly 😂LOL 💦🌊💦 2y
TrishB Happy holiday weekend 💕 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha 😂 nope, only one was mine...the venti ❣️❣️❣️ @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @dolly @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen 2y
Swe_Eva Chag pesach sameach! 2y
AmandaL Have a wonderful holiday! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks so much, same to you @LT_eva & @AmandaL 💕💕 2y
mrp27 Enjoy the holiday!! 2y
bookishbunny Have a happy holiday! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @mrp27 @bookishbunny it‘s a big family gathering ~ 20 of us 😁❣️❣️❣️ 2y
KarenUK Enjoy your family gathering! Have fun 😘😘😘 2y
GlassAsDiamonds 😊😊😊 was going to ask the “HOW many of those coffees are yours” question as well but I am glad the venti was yours (more coffee, more!!). Have a great time with the family, hope they all behave & you all have a happy holiday. 😊😊😊 2y
Cinfhen Funny you should mention good behavior @GlassAsDiamonds a few of us are a bit naughty 😜hope you had a blast in NY @KarenUK 🗽💚 2y
KarenUK @Cinfhen it was just amazing thank you! 2y
Jas16 Have a wonderful holiday! 2y
4thhouseontheleft Chad Sameach! Have you read Thanks, Obama by David Litt? There is a hilarious passage about when Litt and another speechwriter (both Jewish) tried to teach Obama how to say Happy Passover in Hebrew for a recorded video message, being filmed at the end of a very long day. 😃 2y
Cinfhen Chag Sameach to you @4thhouseontheleft all ready for Seder?!?! I have not read that book but I‘m sure it‘s hilarious 😆We knew one of Obama‘s speech writers....was it Jonathan Muller??? I‘ll have to check out the book 2y
DivineDiana Wishing you and your family a happy holiday filled wit love! ❤️ 2y
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Cinfhen
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Thanks @DivineDiana started this book and I‘m already hooked ❣️just wish author included a family tree...I‘m having trouble keeping track of all the family members 😬

LeahBergen I can‘t wait to hear if you like it. 2y
DivineDiana Yay! Are you still enjoying the warm Florida sun? 🕶🌞🌊 2y
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Reviewsbylola So gorgeous. 2y
umbrellagirl I got this one in a swap and I‘d love to start it but my library holds keep showing up! 2y
Centique I just watched the movie Woman in Gold a few days ago about the same two women. That was good too! 2y
Cinfhen I really liked the movie and the book it‘s based off of @Centique I‘m enjoying this novel as well @umbrellagirl @DivineDiana hope you get to it soon ❤️ 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Me too! Maybe I can use for a challenge?!?😉 2y
Cinfhen I‘m sure you can!!! I‘ll let u know @DivineDiana it‘s so interesting to read the history behind the painting and to learn more about Adele. Did we see a Klimt with a red haired woman named Mimi??? I can‘t remember 2y
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DivineDiana
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After The Celebration of Jewish Books event, where we met the author of this book, @Cinfhen and I visited The Neue Museum to see the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt, “The Woman in Gold”. I could not photograph the actual painting,which was exquisite! So,this is us posing in front of a print hung in the lower level of the Museum. #bookinspiration #averyspecialday

MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 So sorry I couldn‘t join! 🙁 @DivineDiana @Cinfhen But we‘re on for the summer, yes? 2y
batsy How lucky to have seen the painting 😍 Great photo; beautiful art, beautiful ladies, and the book sounds really good! 2y
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly We missed you! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful art print, the actual painting must be exquisite! 2y
Leftcoastzen I love that Museum!Glad you got to meet up. 2y
Cinfhen Hell yeah for #summer18 @MicheleinPhilly 😍😍 2y
DivineDiana @batsy Yes, it was such a privilege! We talked to a woman who told us she visits the painting frequently. Thank you! We actually asked that woman to take our picture! 2y
Cinfhen Words can‘t describe the painting @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm definitely a highlight of my trip and thanks for purchasing this book for me, Diana 😘😘😘 2y
DivineDiana @erzascarletbookgasm I felt a sense of awe! 2y
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen It is a beautiful Museum, and it was so nice to see @Cinfhen again! 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen You are such a kind person! Thank you for my Woman in Gold bookmark and admission! 2y
Reggie Oh wow, how nice!!! 2y
Dragon Sounds like you and @Cinfhen had a great weekend. The print is so beautiful, I bet the real painting is even lovelier. 2y
DivineDiana @Reggie It was! 🙂 2y
DivineDiana @Dragon The actual painting is spectacular! Did you see the movie with Helen Mirren about the history of the painting? We only had a few hours together, but we “packed a lot in”! 2y
emilyhaldi How fun!!! I love this museum- that painting is amazing ✨ 2y
DivineDiana @emilyhaldi It was! And the painting is breathtaking! Did you see the Helen Mirren film about the portrait? 2y
BarbaraBB Amazing picture! And how nice to see you both! 2y
DivineDiana @BarbaraBB Thanks so much! ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen I love this!!! I‘m so SO jealous and it looks like there was room on that bench for me!!! 😆😆 @Cinfhen 2y
Dragon Thanks @DivineDiana I missed the movie at the theatre, I will watch for it on the movie channel. 😀🐉 2y
DivineDiana @LeahBergen Thank you! Wish you were there! 💗 2y
Mdargusch That‘s so fun! 2y
DivineDiana @Mdargusch It was! And your name even came up in a “what a great Litten”way!🙂 (edited) 2y
Mdargusch Awww. Shucks. 😊 2y
Cinfhen Truth @Mdargusch 😘😘wish @LeahBergen could have joined us and of course @Dragon too❣️❣️ @DivineDiana I feel like we are old time friends from the hood 😉 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen So do I! 💗 2y
CarolynM Love this photo! 2y
DivineDiana @CarolynM Thank you! ❤️ 2y
ValerieAndBooks So glad you two got together to see this artwork and each other! Wish I could have been there too. @DivineDiana @cinfhen 2y
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks Thank you! Wish you could have too! Hope you enjoyed Boston! 2y
Cinfhen Sorry you couldn‘t join us @ValerieAndBooks 😢 2y
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen 👍😀 2y
rohit-sawant How amazing! 2y
DivineDiana @rohit-sawant It was! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛💛 2y
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umbrellagirl
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I love everything! Thank you so much @Lidia and Stolen Beauty sounds excellent! I will save these for my vacation next week. Looking forward to some warm weather in Mexico.

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Lidia So glad you liked it! ❤️️❤️️❤️. What part of Mexico are you going? 2y
umbrellagirl @Lidia Barra de Navidad ☀️🌊 2y
Lidia Wow hope you have fun in your vacations! I've heard great things about that place 😊 @umbrellagirl 2y
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Lidia
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I went to B&N last Sunday to shop for my #cupidgoespostal friend and I couldn't help buying something for me too ☺️. #blameitonlitsy

Cinfhen 🙌🏻 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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This novel features two narratives: the first follows Adele Blockbauer, Klimt‘s “Woman in Gold,” and spotlights her desire to break out of the rigid roles prescribed for her as an upper class woman. The other follows Adele‘s niece‘s odyssey to flee the Nazis in late 1930‘s Vienna and her decades-long fight to recover the Klimt paintings the Nazis stole from her family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookBelle84
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I'm a sucker for books involving art pieces and the people behind the beauty. This was an enjoyable read and I loved the portrayal of Klimt and the ideas behind his work. I love seeing the lives of the people in the paintings so that they are more than just an image. Now to watch the movie...

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BookBelle84
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Beautiful book Beautiful #endpapers

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MrBook
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@Riveted_Reader_Melissa , here's the other New Fiction shelves. Anything stand out to anyone? I think this qualifies as library #bookporn. 😆 #LitsyLovesLibraries

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think you are correct there... (edited) 3y
Gulfskye I just started Made for Love on the bottom shelf! 3y
RealBooks4ever Stephen Florida!! 😻 3y
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AlwaysBeReading
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What's the meaning of art? How does tragedy shape the way we see the world? Can beauty be stolen? What's legacy without love? I don't have the answers to these questions, but I enjoyed asking them.

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AlwaysBeReading
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TFW you find a good book so you read it slowly in short bursts to savor it

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BookishMarginalia
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Zelma Whoa, that is quite a description! 3y
Lidia That painting is so beautiful IRL ❤️ 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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A lovely Saturday morning @TheBookmarkPR with an international edition of this novel about the creation and near destruction of Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the infamous Woman in Gold. #Atria

TrishB Sounds interesting 😀 3y
Reviewsbylola Sounds interesting and I love the cover! 3y
Gissy I could see you both of you, I didn't know you would be at happy place BookMarkPR 😧 3y
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unabridgedchick
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I'm going to DNF this one, even though I'm 70% in. It's just...tedious. I'm not sure what the tension is for Adele and while Maria's story is certainly tragic, it's not compelling.

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unabridgedchick
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Unbelievably, I'm managing to knit and read at the same time!

abbiereadsbooks That's impressive! I just started learning how to knit this week and I'm lucky if I can glance at the TV every now and then! 3y
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Tav
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"There's no solution in words. The only answer is in art."

At a reading for my dear friend Laurie's new novel at Watchung Bookstore in Montclair, NJ.

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candc320
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This also came in today...I love #bookmail!!! I won this signed copy on Facebook....thank you Atria!!!

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unabridgedchick
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I was a love-struck newlywed when Hitler came to Austria. #firstline #teasertuesday

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JewishBookCouncil
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Laurie Lico Albanese's historical fiction novel colors and enhances the true drama of the life of Adele Bloch-Bauer, known to the world as Gustav Klimt'a Lady in Gold. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2l0R7Fo

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unabridgedchick
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My #fridayreads is STOLEN BEAUTY, a hist fic abt Klimt, as well as Unabridged Toddler's enormous pile of books. What are you reading this weekend?

britt_brooke Unabridged Toddler 💚💚💚 3y
RealLifeReading Love that pile of books too! 3y
DeniseKF I just got that one and can't wait to read it! 3y
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Tav
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The author is married to my cousin so I got an Advance Reader's Edition of this novel about one of Gustav Klimt's most famous models-- 5 months before it's on sale! Can't wait to read this one. Laurie's a great writer!

DivineDiana I loved The Lady in Gold which is a true story of the family. The movie of the book starring Helen Mirren was also fantastic! 3y
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