Title: A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967
Author: Rachel Cohen
# of pages: 309

Comments: Cohen’s work weaves together letters, photographs, and autobiographies to create small vignettes about the friendships formed among some of the most famous and beloved names in American Art and Literature. Each chapter is just a snippet of the lives of two or three of these people, and in no way covers their lifetimes. They are fascinating, and I really loved how it put some great works of poetry and literature into historical perspective for me. I wouldn’t say this is one of my favorite books ever, but Cohen’s writing is engaging and makes it an enjoyable read, even for someone who doesn’t enjoy historical nonfiction very much.