Lisa's Reviews > Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age

Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart
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Mar 13, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: biographies, non-fiction
Read from March 13, 2012 to February 26, 2014

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message 1: by Lisa (new) - rated it 1 star

Lisa I got this book at Marble House in Newport, RI, the home of Alva and Consuelo Vanderbilt. I was very interested in the dichotomies in the psyche of Alva Vanderbilt as she campaigned for women's rights while she denied her own daughter even the smallest measure of personal autonomy and forced her into a loveless marriage for a royal title.

It seems like Stuart had so much fodder here for a page turning biography, but I finally gave up about 1/3 of the way through the book. I love non fiction and usually eat them up, even wading through them when I need to. But this one was dry as dry as dry.

How can an author make such a dynamic story so boring? I don't know, but Amanda Stuart sure did.


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