The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr is written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. (If they sound familiar it is because they also wrote Action Jackson and Ballet for Martha.) I grabbed it because I loved his mustache (and I choose most of my children's library books by the jacket art) and the title sounded interesting. I never expected to be blown away by the content.
George Ohr was an artist who was totally devoted to his ART. He made some "standard" pottery pieces just to make a living but his true passion was his "mud babies." He was a perfect example of someone totally devoted to their craft. He never gained huge fame during his lifetime but the prices on his pieces are currently a little out of my price range... like $20,000-$60,000.
In all, this book and this artist were an awesome little surprise from the library.
Another fun read I have been blasting through is:
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Last summer I checked out The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin. It was my first time reading a fictional biography and I was hooked. (Imagine that someone researches a person in extreme depth and then writes a pretend diary... that is pretty much a fictional biography.) I have gone on to read several her books and have not been disappointed. On my last trip to the library I searched for fictional biography and saw this one. It is the story of Mamah Cheney who had a huge, scandalous love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. It is a fun, easy read that keeps you up at night wanting to know what is going to happen next.... and makes you want to go study Frank Lloyd Wright.