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An Object of Beauty    by Steve Martin order for
Object of Beauty
by Steve Martin
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Grand Central, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Continuing to solidify his claim to the title of Hollywood's most interesting Renaissance Man, entertainer and writer Steve Martin shows his astounding versatility with his latest novel, An Object of Beauty.

Through the eyes of the novel's protagonist, Lacey Yeager, Martin gives his reader a look at the glamour and subterfuge of the New York art scene.

An enchanting and very ambitious young woman, Lacey is groomed at Sotheby's and is determined to making it to the top of her profession in the art world. To achieve her goal and succeed, she must navigate the upper reaches of the city's social elite and charm the movers and shakers who buy and sell at the country's most prestigious auction houses and art galleries.

As you accompany Lacey on this journey you will be taken into the homes of the world's top collectors and also see behind the scenes where buying and selling art is a way of life.

Although it will be a roller coaster ride with lows that match the highs, you won't ever be bored as you watch this intriguing character parlay her beauty, social savvy and knowledge into a successful career.

Included in this entertaining novel are 22 color reproductions of various works of art that run the gamut from Andy Warhol's Flowers and Woman I by William de Kooning to Felt Suit by Joseph Beuys and La Nona Ora by Maurizio Cattelan.

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