I recently had one of those delicious, consuming, dreamy encounters one has with a really good book. I found myself wanting to stay up late to read, and rushed home from work to dive back into the book again each evening.
This was one book which I’m glad was on the longer side, because it meant the story continued and I got to keep reading! As soon as I finished, I knew this was one to share with mes amies:
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
I won’t rehash the plot here – you can get all of that on Amazon, or from this website dedicated to the story of the mysterious Huguette Clark. Rather, I’ll simply recommend you pick up a copy if you enjoy:
– historic fiction a la author Melanie Benjamin
– Roaring 20’s, Gatsby-era tales
– historic family sagas
– stories of early American wealth a la Vanderbilt, Carnegie and Rockefeller
– an air of mystery and intrigue
– a healthy dose of journalistic curiosity
– the classic rags to (fantastic) riches story
– reality television a la RHONY
Since I can say “yes” to all of the above, Empty Mansions was a random bookstore selection that quickly ended up on the Amye Adores list!
In addition, while this is a true story it reads more like a novel, and is equally fantastical to believe. Don’t be “put off” by the fact that it is co-authored by a journalist, for I think that skill of storybuilding only adds to the flow of this book.
What’s been on your bookshelf lately? Any books to add to my summer reading list?