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Reader recommendation: Luncheon of the Boating Party

Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

Well-researched and beautifully written, Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Susan Vreeland, is historical fiction based on the life of August Renoir, one of the founders of the Impressionist movement. The completely transparent writing draws you into late 19th-century Paris in a very seductive way.

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