The Swans of Fifth Avenue

The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-10
ISBN 10: 0345528700
ISBN 13: 9780345528704
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Swans of Fifth Avenue Book Review:

Includes a reader's guide with discussion questions.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue

The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Author: Instaread
Publsiher: Instaread
Total Pages: 35
Release: 2016-03-09
ISBN 10: 1945048360
ISBN 13: 9781945048364
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Swans of Fifth Avenue Book Review:

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin | Summary & Analysis Preview: The Swans of Fifth Avenue is a novel about the experiences of American author Truman Capote and the group of wealthy women he called his swans, particularly Babe Paley. The story is set against the backdrop of New York City high society in the 1950s through the 1970s. The novel is a fictionalized account of historical people and events. In 1955, Truman was riding the fame of his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms. Truman met the stunning socialite Babe Paley and her husband Bill Paley, the chairman and founder of CBS, and he and Babe immediately struck up a friendship. Around the same time, Truman met several of Babe’s friends, all beautiful, socialite wives of wealthy men, whom he called his swans. They included Slim Hawks, Gloria Guinness, Pamela Churchill, C.Z. Guest and… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of The Swans of Fifth Avenue: Summary of the book Important People Character Analysis Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

The Aviator s Wife

The Aviator s Wife
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 402
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0345528670
ISBN 13: 9780345528674
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Aviator s Wife Book Review:

A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador's daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim, history-making flights and the world-shocking abduction of their child. 30,000 first printing.

Answered Prayers

Answered Prayers
Author: Truman Capote
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-05-15
ISBN 10: 0345803043
ISBN 13: 9780345803047
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Answered Prayers Book Review:

Although Truman Capote’s last, unfinished novel offers a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time. Tracing the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently finny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.

Alice I Have Been

Alice I Have Been
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publsiher: Delacorte Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2010-01-12
ISBN 10: 0440339545
ISBN 13: 9780440339540
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Alice I Have Been Book Review:

BONUS: This edition contains an Alice I Have Been discussion guide and an excerpt from Melanie Benjamin's The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling. But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful? Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories. That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey. A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

The Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picture
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 110188682X
ISBN 13: 9781101886823
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girls in the Picture Book Review:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator's Wife, a "rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies" (USA Today)--screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford "Full of Old Hollywood glamour and true details about the pair's historic careers . . . a captivating ode to a legendary bond."--Real Simple NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers"--the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title "America's Sweetheart." The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution. But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender--and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world's highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered. With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin brilliantly captures the dawn of a glittering new era--its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak. "A boffo production . . . Inspiration is a rare and unexpected gift in a book filled with the fluff of Hollywood, but Benjamin provides it with The Girls in the Picture."--NPR "Profoundly resonant, The Girls in the Picture is at its core, an empowering and fascinating tale of sisterhood."--Bryce Dallas Howard

Mistress of the Ritz

Mistress of the Ritz
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2020-05-26
ISBN 10: 0399182268
ISBN 13: 9780399182266
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mistress of the Ritz Book Review:

A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II -- while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris -- from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. In March 1940, the Nazis sweep Paris and immediately take up residence in one of the city's most iconic sites: The Hotel Ritz. There, under a roof legendary for its unprecedented luxury and for its fabled residents -- including Coco Chanel, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Cole Porter, Hemingway, Balanchine, Doris Duke, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and now Hermann Goring -- the Nazis rule over a paralysed city. But two residents of the Ritz refuse to be defeated: its director, Claude Auzello, and his beautiful American actress wife, Blanche. They not only oversee the smooth workings of the hotel, but both Blanche and Claude throw themselves fearlessly into the dangerous and clandestine workings of the French Resistance. This is a true-to-life novel of a courageous woman and her husband who put their marriage -- and ultimately their lives -- in jeopardy to fight for freedom. Intimate, fearless, and moving, it spins a brilliantly and unforgettably vivid human portrait at a time of unimaginable crisis and sacrifice.

Swan Song

Swan Song
Author: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2019-07-09
ISBN 10: 1443458333
ISBN 13: 9781443458337
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Swan Song Book Review:

A dazzling debut about gossip, slander and the public humiliation of New York socialites in the 1970s. Based on real events, Swan Song is the tragic story of the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women whom Truman Capote called his Swans, and who deserted him after he betrayed them. On exclusive yachts and private jets, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears with the famous writer. Then in 1975, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide when he turned his words against the most influential women in Manhattan and silenced his muses. After two decades of cultivating intimate friendships and a high-end lifestyle, Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltrate.

The Children s Blizzard

The Children s Blizzard
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publsiher: Delacorte Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 0399182284
ISBN 13: 9780399182280
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Children s Blizzard Book Review:

Draws on oral histories of the Great Plains blizzard of 1888 to depict the experiences of two teachers, a servant, and a reporter who risk everything to protect the children of immigrant homesteaders.

The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room
Author: Karen White,Beatriz Williams,Lauren Willig
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2016-01-19
ISBN 10: 0698191013
ISBN 13: 9780698191013
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Forgotten Room Book Review:

New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century.... 1945: When critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenel is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion. Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s miniature portrait who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Olive Van Alan, driven in the Gilded Age from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Lucy Young, who in the Jazz Age came from Brooklyn to Manhattan seeking the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room? READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

Scandalous Women

Scandalous Women
Author: Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-03-01
ISBN 10: 1101478810
ISBN 13: 9781101478813
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scandalous Women Book Review:

Throughout history women have caused wars, defied the rules, and brought men to their knees. The famous and the infamous, queens, divorcées, actresses, and outlaws have created a ruckus during their lifetimes-turning heads while making waves. Scandalous Women tells the stories of the risk takers who have flouted convention, beaten the odds, and determined the course of world events. *When Cleopatra (69 BC-30 BC) wasn't bathing in asses' milk, the last pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty ruled Egypt and forged an important political alliance with Rome against her enemies-until her dalliance with Marc Antony turned the empire against her. *Emilie du Châtelet (1706-1748), a mathematician, physicist, author, and paramour of one of the greatest minds in France, Voltaire, shocked society with her unorthodox lifestyle and intellectual prowess-and became a leader in the study of theoretical physics in France at a time when the sciences were ruled by men. *Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1928) fought to end discrimination and the terrible crime of lynching and helped found the NAACP, but became known as a difficult woman for her refusal to compromise and was largely lost in the annals of history. *Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) had a passion for archaeology and languages, and left her privileged world behind to become one of the foremost chroniclers of British imperialism in the Middle East, and one of the architects of the modern nation of Iraq.

The Sisters

The Sisters
Author: David Grafton
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 316
Release: 1992
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UVA:X002072885
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sisters Book Review:

Reveals the lives of three high-society women whose influence determined what was "in" and what was "out" for thirty years

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society
Author: Joy Callaway
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 0062391631
ISBN 13: 9780062391636
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society Book Review:

The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love. When Charlie proposes instead to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending. Though she works with newfound intensity, literary success eludes her—until she attends a salon hosted in her brother’s writer friend John Hopper’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Among painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under the handsome, enigmatic John’s increasingly romantic attentions. Just as she and her siblings have become swept up in the society, though, Charlie throws himself back into her path, and Ginny learns that the salon’s bright lights may be obscuring some dark shadows. Torn between two worlds that aren’t quite as she’d imagined them, Ginny will realize how high the stakes are for her family, her writing, and her chance at love.

Party of the Century

Party of the Century
Author: Deborah Davis
Publsiher: Wiley
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2007-02-02
ISBN 10: 9780470098219
ISBN 13: 047009821X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Party of the Century Book Review:

In 1966, everyone who was anyone wanted an invitation to Truman Capote's "Black and White Dance" in New York, and guests included Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, C. Z. Guest, Kennedys, Rockefellers, and more. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and drawings of the guests, this portrait of revelry at the height of the swirling, swinging sixties is a must for anyone interested in American popular culture and the lifestyles of the rich, famous, and talented.

Tiny Terror

Tiny Terror
Author: William Todd Schultz
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-04-29
ISBN 10: 9780199831937
ISBN 13: 0199831939
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tiny Terror Book Review:

Truman Capote was one of the most gifted and flamboyant writers of his generation, renowned for such books as Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and his masterpiece, the nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. What has received comparatively little attention, however, is Capote's last, unfinished book, Answered Prayers, a merciless skewering of cafe society and the high-class women Capote called his "swans." When excerpts appeared he was immediately blacklisted, ruined socially, labeled a pariah. Capote recoiled--disgraced, depressed, and all but friendless. In Tiny Terror, a new volume in Oxford's Inner Lives series, William Todd Schultz sheds light on the life and works of Capote and answers the perplexing mystery--why did Capote write a book that would destroy him? Drawing on an arsenal of psychological techniques, Schultz illuminates Capote's early years in the South--a time that Capote himself described as a "snake's nest of No's"--no parents to speak of, no friends but books, no hope, no future. Out of this dark childhood emerged Capote's prominent dual life-scripts: neurotic Capote, anxious, vulnerable, hypersensitive, expecting to be hurt; and Capote the disagreeable destroyer, emotionally bulletproof, nasty, and bent on revenge. Schultz shows how Capote would strike out when he felt hurt or taken for granted, engaging in caustic feuds with Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, and many other writers. And Schultz reveals how this tendency fed into Answered Prayers, an exceedingly corrosive and thinly disguised roman a clef that trashed his high-society friends. What emerges by the end of this book is a cogent, immensely insightful portrait of an artist on the edge, brilliantly but self-destructively biting the jet-set hands that fed him. Anyone interested in the inner life of one of America's most fascinating literary personalities will find this book a revelation.

Slim

Slim
Author: Slim Keith,Annette Tapert
Publsiher: Simon & Schuster
Total Pages: 319
Release: 1990
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015018512783
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slim Book Review:

The California beauty who became America'a quintessential socialite recounts her life in the social circles of Hollywood and Broadway

Mrs Poe

Mrs  Poe
Author: Lynn Cullen
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2013-10
ISBN 10: 1476702918
ISBN 13: 9781476702919
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mrs Poe Book Review:

Struggling to support her family in mid-19th-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife. 75,000 first printing.

Summary of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Summary of The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Author: Instaread Summaries
Publsiher: Idreambooks
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2016-04-06
ISBN 10: 9781945272585
ISBN 13: 1945272589
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of The Swans of Fifth Avenue Book Review:

Summary of The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin | Includes AnalysisPreview:The Swans of Fifth Avenue is a novel about the experiences of American author Truman Capote and the group of wealthy women he called his swans, particularly Babe Paley. The story is set against the backdrop of New York City high society in the 1950s through the 1970s. The novel is a fictionalized account of historical people and events.In 1955, Truman was riding the fame of his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms. Truman met the stunning socialite Babe Paley and her husband Bill Paley, the chairman and founder of CBS, and he and Babe immediately struck up a friendship. Around the same time, Truman met several of Babe's friends, all beautiful, socialite wives of wealthy men, whom he called his swans. They included Slim Hawks, Gloria Guinness, Pamela Churchill, C.Z. Guest and...PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.Inside this Instaread Summary of The Swans of Fifth Avenue:Summary of the bookImportant PeopleCharacter AnalysisAnalysis of the Themes and Author's StyleAbout the AuthorWith Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Conversation Starters

The Swans of Fifth Avenue  A Novel By Melanie Benjamin   Conversation Starters
Author: dailyBooks
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Swans of Fifth Avenue A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Conversation Starters Book Review:

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin | Conversation Starters A Brief Look Inside: The Swans of Fifth Avenue, the latest historical fiction book written by Melanie Benjamin, reveals the glamorous lives of “the swans” who lived in the affluent Fifth Avenue neighborhood in New York City during the 1950s. Babe Paley, one of the most well-known swans of the era, struck up a friendship with famous author Truman Capote. Their bond grew stronger, and the two were often seen together in public, which surely made magazine headlines. Babe called Truman “True Heart,” while he thought of her as perfect. Truman Capote was welcomed in Babe Paley's circle with open arms, until he shockingly betrayed the women, an event that Babe Paley never saw coming. The Swans of Fifth Avenue was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Book of the Week for People Magazine, and on the Must List for Entertainment Weekly. The storytelling has been considered “exceptional” by Harper's Bazaar. EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: • Foster a deeper understanding of the book • Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups • Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately • Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancingyour experience of The Swans of Fifth Avenue. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.

Conversations on the Swans of Fifth Avenue a Novel by Melanie Benjamin

Conversations on the Swans of Fifth Avenue  a Novel by Melanie Benjamin
Author: Daily Books
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2016-09-07
ISBN 10: 9781537549743
ISBN 13: 153754974X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conversations on the Swans of Fifth Avenue a Novel by Melanie Benjamin Book Review:

The Swans of Fifth Avenue: by Melanie Benjamin | Conversation Starters The Swans of Fifth Avenue, the latest historical fiction book written by Melanie Benjamin, reveals the glamorous lives of "the swans" who lived in the affluent Fifth Avenue neighborhood in New York City during the 1950s. Babe Paley, one of the most well-known swans of the era, struck up a friendship with famous author Truman Capote. Their bond grew stronger, and the two were often seen together in public, which surely made magazine headlines. Babe called Truman "True Heart," while he thought of her as perfect. Truman Capote was welcomed in Babe Paley's circle with open arms, until he shockingly betrayed the women, an event that Babe Paley never saw coming.The Swans of Fifth Avenue was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Book of the Week for People Magazine, and on the Must List for Entertainment Weekly. The storytelling has been considered "exceptional" by Harper's Bazaar. A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPERthan the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed tobring us beneath the surface of the pageand invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: * Foster a deeper understanding of the book* Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups* Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately* Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen beforeDisclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience of The Swans of Fifth Avenue. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.Download your copy today for a Limited Time Discount: $3.99 ($4.99) Read it on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android smartphone, tablet and Kindle devices.