Laurie Verchomin, The Big Love: Life & Death With Bill Evans (Verchomin). The “Laurie” of the pianist’s song by that name spares nothing in her account of their romance or of the drug use that hastened Evans’ death at 51. Love between the pianist and the young woman flared in the year-and-a-half before Evans died in late 1980. Her book is the story of the life-affirming brilliance of his music in the final months, a man resigned to the inevitability of his early mortality and the devotion of the young woman he chose to share the end of his life. The drug ugliness is at odds with the beauty of Evans’ music, but Ms. Verchomin illuminates his generosity, consideration and humor.