A fascinating, revelatory portrait of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its treasures by a former New Yorker staffer who spent a decade as a museum guard. Millions of people climb the grand marble staircase to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art every year. But only a select few have unrestricted access to every nook and cranny. They’re the guards who roam unobtrusively in dark blue suits, keeping a watchful eye on the two million square foot treasure house. Caught up in his glamorous fledgling career at The New Yorker, Patrick Bringley never thought he’d be one of them. Then his older brother was diagnosed with fatal cancer and he found himself needing to escape the mundane clamor of daily life. So he quit The New Yorker and sought solace in the most beautiful place he knew. To his surprise and the reader’s delight, this temporary refuge becomes Bringley’s home away from home for a decade…
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 14, 2023); Pages: 240 pages; ISBN-10: 1982163305; ISBN-13: 978-1982163303; ASIN: B09JPKNG9X
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Author’s biography: Patrick Bringley worked for ten years as a guard in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, he worked in the editorial events office at the New Yorker magazine. He lives with his wife and children in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. ALL THE BEAUTY IN THE WORLD is his first book.