Megan's Reviews > American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century

American Eve by Paula Uruburu
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Jul 09, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction-biography-memoir, nonfiction-history
Read in August, 2008

I was fascinated by Evelyn Nesbit's story after seeing a television documentary about the Thaw/White trial a few years ago (American Experience: Murder of the Century). What a joy it is to now have this sad, dramatic life explored in depth. The overall tone is very sympathetic to Evelyn, while maintaining a critical eye on the facts, whether they play in her favor or not. The narrative flows in an easy, conversational manner, often reading more like a novel than nonfiction, but this only serves to draw the reader even deeper into this fascinating bit of history.

This book has everything I love in a biography. Granted, I have a soft spot for actresses in distress; but that fact not withstanding, I still thought it was excellent! Recommended.
3 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read American Eve.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.