Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Bill Dedman,Paul Clark Newell (Jr.)
Pages: 470
ISBN: 9780345534538
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Release: 2014
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A cousin of Huguette Clark and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist trace the life of the reclusive American heiress against a backdrop of the now-infamous W. A. Clark family and include coverage of the internet sensation and elder-abuse investigation that occurred at the end of her life.

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Bill Dedman,Paul Clark Newell (Jr.)
Pages: 496
ISBN: 1782394761
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Release: 2014-01-29
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The rich mystery of a reclusive, eccentric heiress Huguette Clark: a true story of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue
Author: Meryl Gordon
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781455512645
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Release: 2014-05-27
Editor: Grand Central Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second richest man in America, and not above bribing his way into the Senate. Huguette attended the coronation of King George V. And at twenty-two with a personal fortune of $50 million to her name, she married a Princeton man and childhood friend William MacDonald Gower. Two-years later the couple divorced. After a series of failed romances, Huguette began to withdraw from society--first living with her mother in a kind of Grey Gardens isolation then as a modern-day Miss Havisham, spending her days in a vast apartment overlooking Central Park, eating crackers and watching The Flintstones with only servants for company. All her money and all her real estate could not protect her in her later life from being manipulated by shady hangers-on and hospitals that were only too happy to admit (and bill) a healthy woman. But what happened to Huguette that turned a vivacious, young socialite into a recluse? And what was her life like inside that gilded, copper cage?

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Realbuzz Studios
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781418580971
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Release: 2008-05-20
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

You'll never discover the secret if you stay safe at home. Like generations before them, cadets Adam and Dawn have always lived aboard the asteroid. But past generations have never experienced a threat like this: Robotic Alien Technology (R.A.T.) is attacking the spaceship--with the intent to destroy everyone on board. Dawn and Adam are two of the best new Coupler pilots, but they're also famous for their clashes. When a family crisis and a R.A.T. sighting coincide, Dawn has to call on all her inner resources to stay focused on the mission. A deep space discovery lies ahead, threatening to forever alter the ship's future--and every life on it.

The Death of Santini

The Death of Santini
Author: Pat Conroy
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780385530859
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Release: 2013-10-29
Editor: Dial Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A brilliant storyteller, a master of sarcasm, and a hallucinatory stylist whose obsession with the impress of the past on the present binds him to Southern literary tradition.”—The Boston Globe Pat Conroy’s great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the often cruel and violent behavior of his father, Marine Corps fighter pilot Donald Patrick Conroy. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused brought even more attention, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroy’s life, the Santini unexpectedly refocused his ire to defend his son’s honor. The Death of Santini is a heart-wrenching act of reckoning whose ultimate conclusion is that love can soften even the meanest of men, lending significance to the oft-quoted line from Pat’s novel The Prince of Tides: “In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.” Praise for The Death of Santini “A painful, lyrical, addictive read that [Pat Conroy’s] fans won’t want to miss.”—People “Conroy’s conviction pulls you fleetly through the book, as does the potency of his bond with his family, no matter their sins.”—The New York Times Book Review “Vital, large-hearted and often raucously funny.”—The Washington Post “Conroy writes athletically and beautifully, slicing through painful memories like a point guard splitting the defense.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

When the Astors Owned New York

When the Astors Owned New York
Author: Justin Kaplan
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781101218815
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Release: 2006-06-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this marvelous anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior. Kaplan exposes it all in exquisite detail, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, history, architectural appreciation, and pure reading pleasure

Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow
Author: John A. Farrell
Pages: 561
ISBN: 9780767927598
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Release: 2012-05-01
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A portrait of the legendary defense attorney and progressive covers his decision to advocate on behalf of disadvantaged groups, his campaign against Jim Crow policies, and his achievements in headline-making trials.

Fortune s Children

Fortune s Children
Author: Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9780062288370
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Release: 2013-04-16
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

Empty Mansion Empty Heart

Empty Mansion  Empty Heart
Author: Everett Beich
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780963109842
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Release: 2013-02-18
Editor: Book Hub Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

By the age of nineteen, Tyler loses both his mother and father, inherits his family home, and becomes the owner and operator of the family grocery store that he turns into a thriving business. When the business is threatened by the construction of a shopping center along his small town’s only highway, Tyler must take matters into his own hands to preserve what he and his family have built. In an attempt to buy up the surrounding land with the help of the townspeople, Tyler befriends the town “witch,” Mary, who lives in just two rooms of a large, empty mansion on the outskirts of town. When he acquires the mansion under unusual circumstances, he becomes the youngest, richest, and most eligible bachelor in town. But just when it seems he has everything, Tyler, alone and coping with the loss of both his parents and Mary, decides to leave town in search of something greater: true love. Empty Mansion, Empty Heart is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about the influence of others and the power of true love and friendship.

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Bill Dedman,Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
Pages: 496
ISBN: 1782394923
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Release: 2014-07
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, 'Empty Mansions' is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.

The Knockout Queen

The Knockout Queen
Author: Rufi Thorpe
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780525567295
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Release: 2021-03-02
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Full of verve... Revelatory." --Los Angeles Times A dazzling and darkly comic novel of love, violence, and friendship in the California suburbs Bunny Lampert is the princess of North Shore⁠--beautiful, tall, blond, with a rich real-estate-developer father and a swimming pool in her backyard. Michael⁠⁠--with a ponytail down his back and a septum piercing⁠--lives with his aunt in the cramped stucco cottage next door. When Bunny catches Michael smoking in her yard, he discovers that her life is not as perfect as it seems. At six foot three, Bunny towers over their classmates. Even as she dreams of standing out and competing in the Olympics, she is desperate to fit in, to seem normal, and to get a boyfriend, all while hiding her father's escalating alcoholism. Michael has secrets of his own. At home and at school Michael pretends to be straight, but at night he tries to understand himself by meeting men online for anonymous encounters that both thrill and scare him. When Michael falls in love for the first time, a vicious strain of gossip circulates and a terrible, brutal act becomes the defining feature of both his and Bunny's futures⁠⁠--and of their friendship. With storytelling as intoxicating as it is intelligent, Rufi Thorpe has created a tragic and unflinching portrait of identity, a fascinating examination of our struggles to exist in our bodies, and an excruciatingly beautiful story of two humans aching for connection.

The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

The LEGO Architecture Idea Book
Author: Alice Finch
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781593278700
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Release: 2018-10-30
Editor: No Starch Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Take your creations to the next level with The LEGO Architecture Idea Book! These clever building tips will give you endless inspiration for making your own amazing mansions, castles, houses, spooky shacks, and more. Every chapter includes ideas for creating architectural elements like columns, doors, windows, and walls. But rather than providing step-by-step instructions, the book includes helpful photography from every angle that shows you how to achieve the look, adapt it to your build, and make it your own. Learn how to: - Build amazing walls that break the mold, with brick-and-mortar effects, weathered walls, and loose bricks - Recreate structural effects like timber framing, soaring towers and turrets, shingled roofs,clapboard siding, and more - Elevate your models with “stained glass”, intricate color patterns, and tumble-down wear-and-tear - Use pieces like croissants, snakes, and goblets to make unique architectural ornamentation Bursting with clever ideas, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book will show you how to turn your buildings into impressive, realistic structures.

Heirs and Graces

Heirs and Graces
Author: Rhys Bowen
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9780425260036
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Release: 2014-08-05
Editor: Berkley
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

While grooming the Duke's newfound heir, Jack Altringham, for high society, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself investigating murder when the Duke's body is found with Jack's hunting knife in its back.

Abandoned Palaces

Abandoned Palaces
Author: Michael Kerrigan
Pages: 224
ISBN: 1782748628
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Release: 2019-08-06
Editor: Abandoned
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From ancient Roman villas to a colonial station in Cambodia, Abandoned Palaces charts the decline of what were once the most luxurious homes and resorts. Ranging from crumbling hotels in the Catskills and Mozambique, to an unfinished Elizabethan summerhouse, to a modern megalomaniac's uncompleted estate, they were deserted for reasons including politics, bankruptcy, personal tragedies, natural disasters, and changing tastes. This volume is a moving pictorial examination of worlds left behind.

Twilight Man

Twilight Man
Author: Liz Brown
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780698184732
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Release: 2021-05-18
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Twilight Man is biography, romance, and nonfiction mystery, carrying with it the bite of fiction." -- Los Angeles Review of Books “In Twilight Man, Liz Brown uncovers a noir fairytale, a new glimpse into the opulent Gilded Age empire of the Clark family.” —Bill Dedman, co-author of The New York Times bestseller Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune The unbelievable true story of Harrison Post--the enigmatic lover of one of the richest men in 1920s Hollywood--and the battle for a family fortune. In the booming 1920s, William Andrews Clark Jr. was one of the richest, most respected men in Los Angeles. The son of the mining tycoon known as "The Copper King of Montana," Clark launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic and helped create the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a man with secrets, including a lover named Harrison Post. A former salesclerk, Post enjoyed a lavish existence among Hollywood elites, but the men's money--and their homosexuality--made them targets, for the district attorney, their employees and, in Post's case, his own family. When Clark died suddenly, Harrison Post inherited a substantial fortune--and a wealth of trouble. From Prohibition-era Hollywood to Nazi prison camps to Mexico City nightclubs, Twilight Man tells the story of an illicit love and the battle over a family estate that would destroy one man's life. Harrison Post was forgotten for decades, but after a chance encounter with his portrait, Liz Brown, Clark's great-grandniece, set out to learn his story. Twilight Man is more than just a biography. It is an exploration of how families shape their own legacies, and the lengths they will go in order to do so.

Lost Mansions

Lost Mansions
Author: J. Raven
Pages: 137
ISBN: 9781137520777
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Release: 2015-04-29
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This provocative volume stimulates debate about lost 'heritage' by examining the history of the hundreds of great houses demolished in Britain and Ireland in the twentieth century. Seven lively essays debate our understanding of what is meant by loss and how it relates to popular conceptions of the great house.

Green Mansions

Green Mansions
Author: W. H. Hudson
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780486798592
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Release: 2014-09-22
Editor: Courier Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The compelling tale of Rima, a strange, birdlike girl of the jungle, and Abel, the European explorer who falls in love with her. Richly colored narrative, steeped in mystery and romance.

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Realbuzz Studios,
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781401687182
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Release: 2008-05-20
Editor: Thomas Nelson
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

You'll never discover the secret if you stay safe at home. Like generations before them, cadets Adam and Dawn have always lived aboard the asteroid. But past generations have never experienced a threat like this: Robotic Alien Technology (R.A.T.) is attacking the spaceship--with the intent to destroy everyone on board. Dawn and Adam are two of the best new Coupler pilots, but they're also famous for their clashes. When a family crisis and a R.A.T. sighting coincide, Dawn has to call on all her inner resources to stay focused on the mission. A deep space discovery lies ahead, threatening to forever alter the ship's future--and every life on it.

The Last Castle

The Last Castle
Author: Denise Kiernan
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781476794068
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Release: 2017-09-26
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy. This is the fascinating, “soaring and gorgeous” (Karen Abbott) story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.

Lavender Mansions

Lavender Mansions
Author: Julius E Nyang'oro
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780429720307
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Release: 2019-03-11
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

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