I have a large library of art books I've been collecting since I was 10! Since the holidays are approaching I thought it might be helpful to list your favorite either for ideas for your own list or to give to someone else.
My favorite book is by Jack Flam " Matisse and Picasso - Their Rivalry and Friendship"amazon.com/Matisse-Picasso-Rivalry-Friendship-Editions/dp/081339046X
It does NOT read like a text book but more like a novel. I have read it twice.