This book is amazing. Though the content is likely a bit morbid for most to consider it a coffee table book, had I coffee table, it would definitely bThis book is amazing. Though the content is likely a bit morbid for most to consider it a coffee table book, had I coffee table, it would definitely be prominently displayed on mine. The book discusses the career of Frances Glessner Lee, a woman Corinne May Botz describes as: "brilliant, witty, and, by some accounts, impossible woman. She gave you what she thought you should have, rather than what you might actually want. She had a wonderful sense of humor about everything and everyone, excluding herself. The police adored and regarded her as their patron saint, her family was more reticent about applauding her and her hired help was scared to death of her."
Raised in an ultra-traditional, very wealthy family, Lee spent a good majority of her young life thwarted, though she was exposed to home decorating skills that would stand her in good stead when she began making the Nutshell Studies. Unable to attend college as she wanted, once her parents died, Lee started to come into her own, both metaphorically and literally, as she then had plenty of wealth to support her interests. She met a man by the name of George Magrath, a medical examiner who testified in criminal cases in New England. Magrath enthralled the young Lee, and it was through Magrath and his knowledge that Lee began to see what would become her life work. Read the rest of the review here: http://ireadoddbooks.com/?p=147...more
This book is every bit as good as everyone has said. Before reading this book, I genuinely had no cultural awareness of Patti Smith beyond knowing sheThis book is every bit as good as everyone has said. Before reading this book, I genuinely had no cultural awareness of Patti Smith beyond knowing she sang "Dancing Barefoot" and "Because the Night." I knew even less about Robert Mapplethorpe. I now I have the biggest girl crush on Smith, wanting to read every book she has written and hear every song she has sung. And that really is all I need to say about this book - you will feel a deep human connection to Smith after reading this. Her talent, honesty and adventurous nature will suck you in and you will feel her loss as your own when you finish the last page.