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AMANDA VAILL has just completed Jerome Robbins, By Himself, a selection of the letters, journals, and other writings of the legendary choreographer-director, and she is currently at work on a biography of the Schuyler sisters, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler Church. She is the author of Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War; Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins; and the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy – A Lost Generation Love Story, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in biography. She is also co-author of Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design, an illustrated study of the work of her designer grandfather, and has edited or cont ...more

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Waiting for It

... That’s kind of how you feel when you’re waiting for the public unveiling of something you’ve spent years of work and emotional, psychological, and intellectual capital on: as if you’re walking unprotected into a falling rock zone.

Fortunately, the first substantial “public” review of Hotel Florida has just appeared – early! – in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and it’s not a falling rock, it’s a bo Read more of this blog post »
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There are a number of mysteries in my family, with enough plots for a shelf of books; but I’m not going to reveal them here because I’m going to cover them in MY next book, a historical family memoir.
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Thanks so much for your kind words about EVERYBODY. I have a special place in my heart for that book. As for my background: There used to be a bio on my website, which is currently under reconstruction... but my book jackets all have the relevant inf See Full Answer
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“how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it.”
Amanda Vaill, Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

“In a road-mender’s hut near Vézelay they found a message scrawled on the wall: “La vie est un desert, la femme un chameau. Pour voir le desert il faut monter sur le chameau.” (“Life is a desert, woman is a camel. If you want to see the desert you have to ride the camel.”)”
Amanda Vaill, Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story

“There can be no compromise, no truce,” the general told Allen then. “I shall advance. I shall take the capital. I will save Spain from marxism at whatever cost.” “That means,” Allen asked, for clarification, “that you will have to shoot half Spain?” Franco smiled. “I said whatever the cost.” The Spanish Civil War had begun.”
Amanda Vaill, Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

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