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Mrs. Astor Regrets by Meryl Gordon
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May 26, 09

Read in May, 2009

Like a loaf of sourdough bread baked at 200 degrees for 3 minutes, this book took a lot of preparation but is still a half-baked mess. Did author Meryl Gordon accidentally publish her interview notes rather than her biography manuscript? She tiptoed through the war zone of upper East Side's society so carefully that the book could be called "Mrs. Astor Regrets: How to Write About Scandal Without Offending Anyone." I glimpsed the glamorous world of Mrs. Astor, but as through a scrim -- she is still a stranger to me. At times, Mrs. Astor seemed like a pathetic, grasping, insecure woman. At other times, she seemed like a sparkling, driven survivor. Perhaps she was both. Or perhaps a complicated life should only be examined after the subject has been dead for 20 years... when authors are free to project their theories and opinions without fear of retaliation from the Social Register set.
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Megan Barnes I'm sorry this is the only book I have in common with you. I'll choose one you liked to read once I get back from California.


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