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
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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.
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