1. Balthus - Nicholas Fox Weber
    Best biography of an artist who hates the idea of having a biography
  2. The Agony and the Ecstasy - Irving stone
    The great art historical novel. Hemingway's whiny bravado with obsessive focus and a complete history of Art and Politics through the renaissance.
  3. The Hat Box - Steven Sondheim
    Best books on writing, music, and the creative process.
  4. Air Guitar - Dave Hickey
    As good as essays on this topic get. A memoir that will make you smarter.
  5. The Forgers Spell - Edward Dolnick
    Proof confidence goes a lot further than skill. Also Crime books sell. Art books don't.
  6. Born Standing Up - Steve Martin
    The life. Loving and letting go.