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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 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

Scandalous Newport Rhode Island

Scandalous Newport  Rhode Island
Author: Larry Stanford
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781625844910
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Release: 2013-04-02
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Newport, Rhode Island, is renowned for its stunning cliff-side vistas and the luxurious summer homes of the Gilded Age elite. Yet the opulent facades of the City by the Sea concealed the scintillating scandals, eccentric characters and unsolved mysteries of its wealthiest families. Learn how Cornelius Vanderbilt III was cut out of the family's fortune for his unapproved marriage to Grace Wilson and how John F. Kennedy's marriage to a Newport debutante helped to secure his presidency. Travel to the White Horse Tavern, where a vengeful specter still waits for his supposed murderer to return to the scene, and discover the mysterious voyage of the "Sea Bird" and its missing crew. Historian Larry Stanford searches the dark corners of Newport's past to expose these scandalous tales and more.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Author: Jon Meacham
Pages: 759
ISBN: 9780812979480
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Release: 2013
Editor: Random House Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents a portrait of the third president that considers his early life, role as a Founding Father, and considerable achievements as a master politician.

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.

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.

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.

The Diver s Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver s Clothes Lie Empty
Author: Vendela Vida
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781443409766
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Release: 2015-06-09
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers comes a tensely drawn, spellbinding literary thriller that gets to the heart of what defines us as human beings—the singular identity we create for ourselves in the world and the myriad alternative identities that lie just below the surface. In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. Almost immediately, while checking into her hotel, she is robbed, her passport and all identification stolen. The crime is investigated by the police, but the woman feels there is a strange complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities—she knows she’ll never see her possessions again. Stripped of her identity, she feels both burdened by the crime and liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone at all. Then, a chance encounter with a film crew provides an intriguing opportunity: A producer sizes her up and asks, would she be willing to be the body-double for a movie star filming in the city? And so begins a strange journey in which she’ll become a stand-in—both on-set and off—for a reclusive celebrity who can no longer circulate freely in society while gradually moving further away from the person she was when she arrived in Morocco. Infused with vibrant, lush detail and enveloped in an intoxicating atmosphere—while barely pausing to catch its breath—The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is a riveting, entrancing novel that explores freedom, power and the mutability of identity.

The Tea Party

The Tea Party
Author: Charles L. Grant
Pages: 329
ISBN:
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Release: 2018-02-11
Editor: Crossroad Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Deerfield. A sleepy village untouched by time, full of quaint antiques, charming sites and friendly neighbors. But outside of Deerfield, nauture is still. No children play around the great stone house of Winterrest; no birds fly over its ancient trees … and tales of witches and demons fill the dreams of Deerfield's children. Now the great house is stirring, stretching, hungry. Now the huge doors open, inviting unwary victims deep inside. The warm stone walls are heaving, the doors are pulsing … now the frenzied ritual must begin …

Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors
Author: Augusten Burroughs
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1429902523
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Release: 2010-04-01
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now including an excerpt from Lust & Wonder, a new memoir coming in March 2016. Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs.... Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Abandoned Churches

Abandoned Churches
Author: Francis Meslet
Pages: 248
ISBN: 2361954400
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Release: 2020
Editor: Jonglez Photo Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An outstanding photographic report of of places that have fallen into disuse -- religious buildings where time has stood still since their doors were closed for the last time.

A World on Fire

A World on Fire
Author: Amanda Foreman
Pages: 1008
ISBN: 9780375756962
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Release: 2012
Editor: Random House Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents a history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War that offers insight into the interdependencies of both nations and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy.

Abandoned India

Abandoned India
Author: Anonim
Pages: 144
ISBN: 0994395868
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Release: 2016-03-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A rare and evocative photographic portrait of India, and specifically Shekhawati's 'abandoned' mansions, and its desert towns. This exquisitely produced book features a selection of Scott's work made throughout the region of Shekhawati in Rajasthan, India. Here we glimpse courtyards, living spaces, frescoes, vast interiors, both lovingly restored and bordering on ruin. Scott's images capture the complex nature of change, of sublime beauty and decay, mirroring an India that will seduce the reader. Praise for Abandoned India Then there is the magic of Kip Scott's book: the evocative, marvellously vivid images of mansions, monuments, and frescoes of Shekhawati. The treasures of my own town of Mahansar are glimpsed in the images of the Poddar Golden Haveli, which has the finest murals of Shekhawati in gold leaf and glittering Belgian mirror work, and the crystal chandeliers of and huge Murano and Belgian cut glasses of the Tolaram Ka Kamra. Scott's book arrives at a an opportune moment when so many of Shekhawati's glorious but often abandoned mansions face the danger of decay or the possibility of preservation and the connection of the past to the future. -Lal Singh Shekhawat.