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Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style

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A fascinating portrait of the Standard Oil heirerss and legendary American trendsetter Millicent Rogers

Nobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers.Born into luxury,she livedin a whirl ofbeautiful homes,European vacations, exquisite clothing andhandsome men.InSearching for Beauty,Cherie Burns chroniclesRogers'sglitteringlife from her days as ayoung girlaff
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Kate Lawrence
I probably wouldn't have picked up this title on my own, but did so as part of a book club. I'd heard of the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, but that's all I knew of her. She grew up in an extremely wealthy East Coast family overseen by a controlling father, married early and often, and seemed to look for meaning in life not through personal achievement, charity work, or family life, but by collecting beautiful homes, fashions and jewelry, which she also designed. She is still remembered as a f ...more
Leslie Zemeckis
Taos Tini: 2oz tequila
1oz Cointreau
1/2 oz on
1/2 a line
A dash if cayenne
Mix and pour into two small martini glasses then settle in for this sometimes slow, occasionally repetitive book on the Oul Standard heiress Millicent Rogers. A delicate beauty with fragile health this woman born in 1902 led a life if art beauty and fashion- however she was more than a trendsetter she was a great philanthropist and champion of American Indians . An arguably neglectful mother she led a trail of romances, incl
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Lynn Barth
Having been to the museum which bears her name Taos, I was really enthused when this book came out. In the beginning her life was fairly narrowly defined by the wealth of her Robber Baron father, a co-founder of Standard Oil. There were the requisite balls, homes, travel, and above all, the clothes and jewelry. Almost from the beginning she defined her own exquisite style, which she honed to a degree unseen by anyone else of her era. She moves through an amazing life, which ends with her greates ...more
Nancy
The biography of the lady behind the Millicent rogers museum in Taos. The book seems well researched but not well edited; sometimes you don't have to include every detail discovered during research. I came away feeling this was an extraordinary woman of privilege and dysfunction. I find it hard to admire the values and lifestyle. Rogers' expenses when finances are "tight" are certainly different from the average person. I love her Southwestern collections and I'm appreciative of the Millicent Ro ...more
Megan
A fascinating story about a fascinating woman. However, not the best written book I've ever read. The chronology is a bit off, so parts of the book can be confusing, and it's weirdly racist (especially towards the end). There are a lot of racial slurs in there that should have been in quotations so it didn't sound like the author was using them. It was odd.
Tobi Taylor
This is one of the most poorly copyedited books I have read in a long time. St. Martin's Press should be ashamed to publish a book that contains such gems as "ex-patriot," "he had not drank," "ceremony [for cemetery]," as well as comma and apostrophe errors every few pages!
J.Todd Ford
Very informative and interesting book about her life; however, the writing is poorly done. I read this book after a recent visit to her museum in Taos, NM and it really helped me understand her life and the things located throughout this splendid museum.
Emily
Loved all the info in this book. But unfortunately for Millicent, and Cherie Burns, this book missed a few rounds of editing. It could have been so much better, if someone had just read it over... Still yummy info though about a fashion icon.
Janice
This was a little dry- it could have used more quotes from her diaries and letters. That said, I enjoyed learning more about MR especially after visiting her museum in Taos…
Jill
I loved this book. She had such a fascinating life. I didn't really look at her sources, but it was a good read.
Kimberly
Millicent was eccentric and interesting, but this book dragged on..... more editing would have improved matters.
Dona
Parts of this bio were very interesting but there was a lot of unnecessary "fillers" I could have done without.
Anne
Interesting read....she was a beauty and a serious art person as well as living a great life!
Susan
Informative but tedious, too long, way too much info about people other than Millicent.
Cheryl Mannion thomas
Millicent Rogers was a unique person...had a life that was envied by many!
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