Empty Mansions

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

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

DESCRIPTION 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.

Lavender Mansions

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

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Fortune s Children

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

DESCRIPTION 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.

Heirs and Graces

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

DESCRIPTION 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.

Ghosts in Mansions

Ghosts in Mansions
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Author: Lisa Owings
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9781681032221
Release: 2016-08-01
Editor: Bellwether Media

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The elegant houses of the wealthy may hold more than just expensive things. Some are said to be home to ghosts! Reluctant readers will love reading the famous ghost stories from lavish locales in this spooky book.

Fourth Mansions

Fourth Mansions
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Author: R. A. Lafferty
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781880448960
Release: 1999-12-01
Editor: Wildside Press LLC

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The Death of Santini

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

DESCRIPTION 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

The Interior Castle

The Interior Castle
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Author: Teresa of Avila
Pages: 282
ISBN: 9781783362172
Release: 2013-05-01
Editor: Lulu.com

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

El Castillo Interior or Las Moradas (trans.: The Interior Castle or The Mansions) was written by Saint Teresa of Avila in 1577 as a guide for spiritual development, through service and prayer. Inspired by her vision of the soul as a crystal globe in the shape of a castle containing seven mansions, which she interpreted as the journey of faith through seven stages, ending with union with God

The Knockout Queen

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

DESCRIPTION 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 Tea Party

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

DESCRIPTION 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 …

When the Astors Owned New York

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

DESCRIPTION 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
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Author: John A. Farrell
Pages: 561
ISBN: 9780767927598
Release: 2012-05-01
Editor: Vintage

DESCRIPTION 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.

These Silent Mansions

These Silent Mansions
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Author: Jean Sprackland
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781448182442
Release: 2020-02-06
Editor: Random House

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

'A refreshingly original meditation... I wish I had written it myself' Literary Review Graveyards are oases: places of escape, peace and reflection. Liminal sites of commemoration, where the past is close enough to touch. Yet they also reflect their living community - how in our restless, accelerated modern world, we are losing our sense of connection to the dead. Jean Sprackland - the prize-winning poet and author of Strands - travels back through her life, revisiting her once local graveyards. In seeking out the stories of those who lived and died there, remembered and forgotten, she unearths what has been lost.

Lost Mansions

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

DESCRIPTION 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.

Better Luck Next Time

Better Luck Next Time
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Author: Julia Claiborne Johnson
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780062916396
Release: 2021-01-05
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"Do you want to read something funny? Let’s say, a novel set at a divorce ranch in Reno in the 1930s? A book with memorably eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, a satisfying plot twist, and some romance and sex? A feel-good literary comedy/western? Here it is, then, the book you've been looking for: Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time."—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement The eagerly anticipated second novel from the bestselling author of Be Frank with Me, a charming story of endings, new beginnings, and the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno. It’s 1938 and women seeking a quick, no-questions split from their husbands head to the “divorce capital of the world,” Reno, Nevada. There’s one catch: they have to wait six-weeks to become “residents.” Many of these wealthy, soon-to-be divorcees flock to the Flying Leap, a dude ranch that caters to their every need. Twenty-four-year-old Ward spent one year at Yale before his family lost everything in the Great Depression; now he’s earning an honest living as a ranch hand at the Flying Leap. Admired for his dashing good looks—“Cary Grant in cowboy boots”—Ward thinks he’s got the Flying Leap’s clients all figured out. But two new guests are about to upend everything he thinks he knows: Nina, a St Louis heiress and amateur pilot back for her third divorce, and Emily, whose bravest moment in life was leaving her cheating husband back in San Francisco and driving herself to Reno. A novel about divorce, marriage, and everything that comes in between (money, class, ambition, and opportunity), Better Luck Next Time is a hilarious yet poignant examination of the ways friendship can save us, love can destroy us, and the family we create can be stronger than the family we come from.

The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion

The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion
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Author: Roger Hayden
Pages: 420
ISBN: 107977629X
Release: 2019-07-10
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A paranormal phenomenon, a mysterious curse, and an unsolved murder forty years in the making.A young couple move into their dream home only to find a dark presence lurking from within. For Curtis and Mary, the small town of Redwood, Indiana seems too good to be true. Everything is perfect, including the Victorian mansion they purchased at a great price. But they soon experience terrifying supernatural encounters tied to the deadly secrets of an unsolved mass murder. Can they solve the mystery in time? Or will they face the same doomed fate as the tenants who came before them?

The Richest Woman in America

The Richest Woman in America
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Author: Janet Wallach
Pages: 354
ISBN: 9780307474575
Release: 2013
Editor: Anchor Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The best-selling author of Desert Queen traces the story of the turn-of-the-20th-century tycoon that offers insight into her abandonment by her mother, the Quaker values that marked her life, and the brash investment practices that caused her to be heralded and denounced by those who knew her.

Lost Mansions of Mississippi Volume II

Lost Mansions of Mississippi  Volume II
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Author: Mary Carol Miller
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781604737875
Release: 2010-09-14
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

As preservationist Mary Carol Miller talked with Mississippians about her books on lost mansions and landmarks, enthusiasts brought her more stories of great architecture ravaged by time. The twenty-seven houses included in her new book are among the most memorable of Mississippi's vanished antebellum and Victorian mansions. The list ranges from the oldest house in the Natchez region, lost in a 1966 fire, to a Reconstruction-era home that found new life as a school for freed slaves. From two Gulf Coast landmarks both lost to Hurricane Katrina, to the mysteriously misplaced facades of Hernando's White House and Columbus's Flynnwood, these homes mark high points in the broad sweep of Mississippi history and the state's architectural legacy. Miller tells the stories of these homes through accounts from the families who built and maintained them. These structures run the stylistic gamut from Greek revival to Second Empire, and their owners include everyone from Revolutionary-era soldiers to governors and scoundrels.

Istanbul

Istanbul
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Author: Orhan Pamuk
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9781524732233
Release: 2017
Editor: Knopf

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of My Name Is Red and Snow, a large-format, deluxe, collectible edition of his beloved memoir about life in Istanbul, with more than 200 added illustrations and a new introduction. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy--or hüzün--that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from the lives of his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters--both Turkish and foreign--who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce's Dublin and Borges' Buenos Aires, Pamuk's Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.