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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 lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, European vacations, exquisite clothing and handsome men. In Searching for Beauty, Cherie Burns chronicles Rogers's glittering life from her days a
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Kate Lawrence
Jun 30, 2014 Kate Lawrence rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, book-club
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
Jun 12, 2014 Leslie Zemeckis rated it liked it
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
Lynn Barth
Aug 29, 2012 Lynn Barth rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2016 Anne rated it it was ok
DNF - wasn't what I thought it was, quickly bored
Oct 11, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
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
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Quite the life, hers.
Feb 23, 2013 Megan rated it liked it
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
Apr 28, 2012 Tobi Taylor rated it it was ok
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
Jul 25, 2013 J.Todd Ford rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 14, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
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.
Dec 31, 2011 Janice rated it it was ok
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…
Dec 30, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
I loved this book. She had such a fascinating life. I didn't really look at her sources, but it was a good read.
Jul 21, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Millicent was eccentric and interesting, but this book dragged on..... more editing would have improved matters.
Dec 12, 2011 Dona rated it it was ok
Parts of this bio were very interesting but there was a lot of unnecessary "fillers" I could have done without.
Jun 29, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Interesting read....she was a beauty and a serious art person as well as living a great life!
Nov 28, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
Informative but tedious, too long, way too much info about people other than Millicent.
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Millicent Rogers was a unique person...had a life that was envied by many!
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