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Empty Mansions
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune | Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell (Jr.)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money? Dedman has collaborated with Huguette Clark's cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have frequent conversations with her. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in reverse: the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world. Huguette was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls. But wanting more than treasures, she devoted her wealth to buying gifts for friends and strangers alike, to quietly pursuing her own work as an artist, and to guarding the privacy she valued above all else. The Clark family story spans nearly all of American history in three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. The same Huguette who was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11 held a ticket nine decades earlier for a first-class stateroom on the second voyage of the Titanic. Empty Mansions reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate circle. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her French boyfriend, her nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives fighting to inherit Huguette's copper fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, Empty Mansions is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms. Praise for Empty Mansions "An amazing story of profligate wealth . . . an outsized tale of rags-to-riches prosperity."--The New York Times "A fascinating investigation into the haunting true-life tale of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark."--People "An exhaustively researched, well-written account . . . a blood-boiling expose [that] will make you angry and will make you sad."--The Seattle Times "An evocative and rollicking read, part social history, part hothouse mystery, part grand guignol."--The Daily Beast "A childlike, self-exiled eccentric, [Huguette Clark] is the sort of of subject susceptible to a biography of broad strokes, which makes Empty Mansions, the first full-length account of her life, impressive for its delicacy and depth."--Town & Country
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Gina
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Isn't that the truth!

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Verity
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Oh my. This is a trip. So good. And it‘s got layers: why was Huguette the way she was? Was she exploited? Did her family do enough with their wealth and privilege? Would you spent that much money on Japanese puppets? It‘s a long read but it‘s such a good one. Thoroughly recommend if you like Rich People problems or stories of American life in the twentieth century.

LeahBergen I thought this book was brilliant! 3mo
Verity @LeahBergen isn‘t it just. So glad I finally managed to read it! 3mo
marleed I‘m from Butte Montana where William A Clark is rooted in history as a Copperking. It breaks my heart that he did not do more for the city that made him millions- more money than Bill Gates by today‘s standards. It‘s a fascinating story and a reminder not to relegate fascinating people and pivotal periods of time to a lost history. 3mo
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jillrhudy I dunno about you, but Japanese puppets are at the top of my shopping list. Before milk and bread even. 3mo
Verity @marleed it feels like he should‘ve done more. But I don‘t know whether his descendants realised how much they owed to Butte. But maybe that‘s part of the point?! 3mo
Verity @jillrhudy if they weren‘t before they are now!! 3mo
marleed @Verity yea, it‘s one thing when you just happen to live somewhere and become wealthy, but quite another when you use the resources of the land. @jillhurdy Those dolls!! It‘s fascinating to consider how many stories like this go untold. 3mo
jillrhudy @marleed Maybe so many people are going around screaming for eyeballs that recluses have more success! 3mo
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Verity
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Current nonfiction read - I remember seeing the author of this interviewed on the Daily Show back in Jon Stewart‘s day - and now I‘m finally getting a chance to read it!

marleed I‘m so obsessed with this book. I‘m from Butte MT and have some strong feelings about William Clark. 4mo
Verity @marleed oh I bet. He seems like really... something else 4mo
marleed @Verity This book made me think a lot about just what it is a billionaire (which he was by today‘s standards) owes to the community from which he made those millions. I don‘t think the Clark‘s did justice to that community. 4mo
bewareofwords Oooh I thought this was a really interesting read! 4mo
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Sporto
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Good

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marleed
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Required reading when your hometown contributed greatly to William A Clark‘s wealth. He was one of the fifty wealthiest Americans ever! I left this book wondering what one owes the cities and spaces that make them millions.

Crazeedi I have this book on my shelf, one I started and haven't finished! Need to do that! 8mo
marleed It‘s a fascinating piece of American history. 8mo
Crazeedi @marleed for sure 8mo
bewareofwords I bought this book on a whim a few years ago, and I‘m glad I did! It was really interesting! 8mo
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Momomojo

I will admit that I have completely slacked off with reading due to mental health but I am glad to say that I am back and ready to indulge in the wonderful world of literature

Libby1 (((Hugs))) I understand. Take care. 💕 8mo
Momomojo @Libby1 thank you very much 💗 8mo
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tinytreeleaf
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So not long ago I signed up with Used Book Monthly and today I got my first package! When signing up I pretty much check every genre they offered and wanted to be surprised by what they sent. Well I'm surprised! Haha I'm honestly excited because both sound interesting and I wouldn't have picked them up on my own. Can't wait to see what I get next month!
#usedbookmonthly #bookhaul

Suet624 Used book monthly? I‘ve never heard of it! (edited) 9mo
tinytreeleaf @Suet624 I found it after a lot of searching because the one I wanted to sign up for was full. I think it's a great deal. $9.99 a month for 2 books or 19.99 a month for 4 books. You should check it out! 9mo
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Christine
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Thank you so much for the #cupidgoespostal gifts, @iread2much ! I love the Celtic cat card (and the thoughtful message you wrote in it), the super special chocolate, and the adorable sticky notes. And thanks most of all, of course, for the book! I tend to read so many memoirs but not nearly enough biographies - this one looks so interesting! Thanks again (and stay safe and dry, if you‘re having the same 🌧 up north that we are down here)! ❤️

LeahBergen This book was fantastic. 👍🏻 10mo
kspenmoll I love that Ruby chocolate & the book looks great! ❤️ 10mo
CouronneDhiver That is a really good one 👍🏽 10mo
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Christine @LeahBergen @CouronneDhiver Oh good! Looking forward to reading it even more now. :) 10mo
Christine @kspenmoll The chocolate is so fun and tasty! I‘d never tried it before - love the fruity notes. And yes, the book sounds so good - very enticing blurbs! 10mo
iread2much I‘m so glad you enjoyed the gifts! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine‘s Day! 😄 10mo
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Momomojo

Just wanted to say happy new year to everyone hope your year is full of new adventures!

Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 11mo
Suet624 Same to you!! 11mo
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crhealey
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So interesting to read! What a bizarre story and life. I'm convinced her nurse was scamming her though!

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Librarybelle
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Once, there was an American heiress who had many mansions and priceless art pieces, but decided to live as a recluse in a New York hospital for over twenty years. Huguette Clark‘s death was only the first part of her story; the struggle over who inherits (who relatives or her medical care team) is the second part. Fascinating book - one of my favorites! #AFairytaleInNewYork #WinterWonderland

Cinfhen Such a fascinating story!! Was a #KindleDeal this week 12mo
TrishB @Cinfhen ran off to check and not in U.K.! 12mo
CouronneDhiver Loved this one too 12mo
Cinfhen Sorry @TrishB BUMMER ☹️ 12mo
TrishB @Cinfhen no worries - you know how often I check kindle deals! 12mo
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JessNevertheless
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Borrowed this audiobook as a slight diversion from my last few #litsyclassics (only 2 more to go!), and found this surprise gem. Fascinating biography of an American family, and especially the long-lived heiress Huguette Clark. Audiobook version features recorded phone calls with Ms. Clark which provides sense of knowing her personally.

Reecaspieces This is a super good book. Glad you enjoyed it. 12mo
Lcsmcat I‘m fascinated by her story. Stacked. 12mo
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Momomojo

This book really makes me wonder what life could‘ve been like if you were wealthier than Rockefeller and Carnigie

IamIamIam I volunteer at a Gold Coast mansion on Long Island and this story absolutely captivated me! Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction!! 12mo
Crazeedi I have this book and started to read, but haven't finished! Now I have to finish it! 12mo
BookNAround My mom absolutely loves this book but I haven‘t gotten around to it yet. 12mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈😊👋🏻 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 12mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 12mo
Momomojo @BookNAround I hope you do get to it 12mo
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Sharpeipup
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I had to wait to vote which I was happy to do especially since I had a book (all about greed & wealth coincidentally) #readwhileiwait #booktotherescue

Reecaspieces This is a great book! 13mo
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Aims42
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Fascinating. This book is simply fascinating. Picked it up on a whim and my eyes have been opened up to this reclusive woman and her intriguing life story. Highly recommend to any history buffs and just anyone looking for something thought-provoking without being too heavy. 5 stars for sure!!

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Aims42
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‘Lilac Girls‘ wasn‘t for me. Made it 80 pages when I realized I was forcing myself to read it. Maybe now‘s just not the right time for me to read it. Anywho, picked up one of my library sale books from last weekend at my parent‘s. It‘s definitely holding my attention 👍🏻

Jobe That Kit Kat is holding my attention!😍 14mo
Aims42 @Jobe my mom bought them for me, dark chocolate kit kats 🤤🤤🤤 our trick or treaters will not be seeing them in our candy bowl on Halloween 😏 14mo
Crazeedi @Aims42 maybe I had the same issue as you with this book. I think I remember reading quite a bit of it though 14mo
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Aims42 @Crazeedi For me, I have to in the right mindset for WWII books. I‘m also on the “sensitive” side and some of the characters‘ lives were too much for me 14mo
Crazeedi @aims42 I'm the same way 14mo
Aims42 @Crazeedi 💗💗💗 14mo
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ElectricKatyLand
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Fascinating story about a reclusive daughter of a disgraced mining millionaire/US senator.

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Heatherfeather
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1. Deep, dark midnight blue
2. Mindhunter (true crime addict here)
3. Empty Mansions got me sucked down an internet rabbit hole
4. Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickle, mustard, ketchup
5. My girl's final softball game, dinner with best friend, then departing for Yosemite!!!

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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emilyhaldi
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Apparently #cantbuymelove bc even with a fortune, Huguette spent the last 20 years of her long life in a hospital with no friends or family to keep her company. Most of the $300 million she left behind after her death was donated to charity after a court battle with her distant relatives.
#heyjune

LadyChristy Such a good read! 🙌🏻 2y
Cinfhen Such a whacky story...and so sad 😭 2y
IamIamIam Loved loved LOVED this book!!! The museum I volunteer for bought a lot of items from the auction in 2014 so I suggest this book to all my tours! 2y
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AmyG Very good choice. 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Some real life stories are stranger than fiction.. so sad 😞 2y
Pamwurtzler I liked that book too. Are you reading it, @emilyhaldi ? 2y
Mdargusch Good one! 2y
Reviewsbylola Huguette is a name you don‘t hear every day. 2y
ValerieAndBooks This was so fascinating. I was flabbergasted at how many people took advantage of her wealth 😢 2y
emilyhaldi @Pamwurtzler I read it a little while ago... Still haunts me. I would love to know what happened behind closed doors in that big old mansion. Another case of truth being stranger than fiction! 2y
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Librarybelle
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One of my favorite biographies that explores the daughter of a very rich man and the fight to claim her inheritance. #AmericanMoney #aprella

Godmotherx5 Sounds really good. 2y
Cinfhen Oooh!!! Good choice!!!! Such a tragic story but completely compelling 2y
Librarybelle @Godmotherx5 It really is, and as @Cinfhen says, a tragic story. Definitely worth the read! And, thanks Cindy...this was the first title that popped into my mind for today‘s prompt! 2y
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Mdargusch Great choice! I‘ve read this twice because it is fascinating! 2y
emilyhaldi I was thinking about this one as a great choice for this prompt!! Fascinating story 🤑 2y
Reecaspieces Loved this! 2y
Blaire Intriguing. 2y
Librarybelle @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reecaspieces @Blaire Thanks! It‘s so tragic and fascinating. 2y
Reviewsbylola I need to try this again. I loved the beginning but then got bored and put it down. 2y
mariaku21 Ooh interesting. Stacking 2y
Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola I think the ending made the book - learning how her family and friends squabbled 2y
Librarybelle @mariaku21 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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LadyChristy
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1) I was always so excited to find these when traveling abroad and now you can get them at World Market! I almost cried tears of joy in the aisle and my husband pretended not to know me... 😂
2) Total #blameitonlitsy, but I loved it and highly recommend it!
3) Seasonal allergies and I‘m also allergic to green beans.
4) Let‘s go with the term “Organized Chaos” 😏
5) Pacific Rim: Uprising. Yaaaaasss! SO GOOD. 🙌🏻 Go see it!
#humpdaypost

blondie Those sound yummy! 2y
MiyakoBunny I love those too!!! The single bars are so pricey now 😣 but before Violet Crumbles we‘re so much cheaper when I was a kid, but the bag of minis is way more affordable 🤩 2y
LadyChristy @MiyakoBunny I love Violet Crumbles, too! World Market has them sporadically, but I‘ve been able to find these almost every time I‘ve gone there for them! 😁 2y
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Lwiesman
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What a fascinating book about the copper king, W.H. Clark and his daughter who inherits his millions. She only@passed away a few years ago.

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Leelee.reads
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The saga continues! Saw this article in a local news journal. Sounds like the whole situation is pretty sketchy - no one can answer how money is being spent, what the plans are, what the foundation president is actually paid to do, why certain random donors have given grants...or when it will be open to the public instead of sitting as an empty mansion.

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jessberk13
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This was a fascinating listen. The amounts of money spent on everything by the Clark family is simply staggering. I would literally shake my head in disbelief at some of the numbers. I did feel sad towards the end though - I truly feel like her nurse was taking advantage of Huguette‘s generosity and fears.

I need a new audiobook- any good recommendations? I like nonfiction, bios, and history.

pocketmermaid Have you listened to “Brain on Fire”? 2y
jessberk13 @pocketmermaid I have not but that sounds so interesting!! Thank you! 2y
svenezia The Whitney Cummings book! It‘s actually really great 2y
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Raebelle
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1. Wisconsin/Arizona, Florida
2. What's the best thing you've read lately?
3. Empty Mansions
4. Strawberry Shortcake
5. A cat, when he feels like it
6. See #2

#LitsyWelcomeWagon

SEWhite Welcome! My most recent 5 Star Read was Night Shift by Stephen King. 2y
LitLogophile Hi from a fellow Floridian and welcome 😊 2y
ReviewsbytheMrs Welcome! I am in AZ 🌵so you will understand when I am a bit grouchy in the summer 😉 2y
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Smrloomis Welcome!🎉 2y
Raebelle @ReviewsbytheMrs I certainly do understand. Spent every June-August and the rest in Wisconsin...My parents were cruel. :-) 2y
somebooksaround Welcome🙌📚 2y
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jessberk13
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When the software used at the office goes down for hours... you pretend to do other kinds of work while really listening to a new audiobook. 🤷🏻‍♀️

LadyChristy How is the audiobook? I read it in print and liked it a lot! 👍🏻 2y
AmyG I liked this book alot. 2y
CouronneDhiver This is a fun one on audio because there are clips of her speaking. 😊 2y
minkyb Well played! 2y
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Bookish_B
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I really, really enjoyed this. It's just the kind of story that rings all my bells. It covers so much history and had so many interesting tidbits about people, art, locations, etc. It also sparked some interesting conversations with people when I would tell them what it was about, and that's always a fun bonus.

Reecaspieces I loved this book! 2y
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Gina
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My favorite way to spend a Saturday night...♡♡♡

Readage Is that tiramisu?! 😋 2y
Gina @Readage ohhh yessssss it is! My happy place!!! 2y
Readage @Gina oh gosh yes!!! Enjoy 😉 2y
Gina @Readage hehehehehe I did! It's gone. Oh yummy 2y
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KellyHunsakerReads
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#nonfiction. Reading this one for a Goodreads challenge. #audiobook

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LadyChristy
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Day-Off late morning breakfast perfection... ☀️📚🍳

MyBookSwapClub Lovely!!! 2y
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LadyChristy
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Inspired by all the Gilded Age opulence in my current read, I couldn‘t resist making something decadent to enjoy with my book tonight. Behold, Champagne Citrus Bundt Cake...🤭🍰 #blameitonthebook #booksandbaking

Melwilk That looks lovely! 2y
MiyakoBunny This is wonderful 🤤🤤🤤 2y
ladym30 Beautiful! 2y
LadyChristy @Melwilk, @MiyakoBunny, @ladym30, & @Redwritinghood, Thank You! ☺️ It was delicious! 🥂🍊😁 (edited) 2y
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LadyChristy
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Chilly Winter Evening plans sorted... 🌬❄️📚

rubyslippersreads Great mug! 😻 2y
LadyChristy @rubyslippersreads Thanks! It‘s one of many cat mugs! 😽 (edited) 2y
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Bookzombie
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I just wanted to post a close up of all the lovely books @Heatherfeather sent me. It‘s so hard to resist setting down my current reads and picking up one of these. Also, check out the cool notebook (top left) she hand lettered for me! Thank you again, Heather! #wintersolsticebookexchange #secretsantagoespostal

robinb Nice!!! 2y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2y
Clwojick Men in kilts 😂😂 2y
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Clwojick I so love the sticky notes on all the books. 😊 2y
KVanRead So glad you love your gifts because I sure love mine! 2y
LeahBergen Empty Mansions is great! 2y
CAnne Love the notebook! 2y
MrBook That's great! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Bookzombie @robinb @TrishB Thanks! @Clwojick Me too! I left them on the books so they will be there when I go to read them. @KVanRead Aww, so glad you love your gifts! @LeahBergen Can‘t wait to read it! @CAnne I know, it‘s so neat! @MrBook Thanks! 2y
RaimeyGallant Lovely! 2y
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Bookzombie
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Heather, I don‘t think I can express the glee I felt when opening my #secretsantagoespostal package! You are exceptionally generous. I love everything from the box to the Post-it notes on each book. Your letter is lovely and I love the info on what you chose. The notebook and all of your hand lettering is beautiful. I love the Chicago bookmark. I accidentally left the chocolate out of the picture, but it‘s so yummy. Thank you!

Cinfhen Yowza!!!!!! 2y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2y
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Alfoster Cute pics too!😍 2y
Clwojick 😍😍😍😍 2y
CAnne Look at all those lovely presents!! 2y
MrBook Ooh! 😁👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Avanders 😍😍 2y
Heatherfeather I'm so thrilled you are thrilled. 😃 2y
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Lucylovesreading
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Mehso-so

I was fascinated by the first half of the book and the look at early america. I felt that she was being taken advantage of, you cannot tell me that as a nurse you bringing up your financial struggles to a wealthy elderly lady isn‘t a way of trying to get heLp. I especially enjoyed the “in talks with Huguette” segments where a relative of hers would record his phone conversations with her and you could hear on the audiobook her voice.

3.5⭐️‘s

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CouronneDhiver
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I opted to choose only from titles that I‘d read over the last year, and it was challenging!

D - Do No Harm
A - Arkwright
N - Number the Stars
I - In a Dark, Dark Wood
E - Evicted
L - Life We Bury, The
L - Lying in Wait
E - Empty Mansions

Great idea @ScorpioBookDreams !

I‘m tagging some new-to-me Litsy friends: @TricksyTails @Kendra.Diane @Tadams4 @Fang88

TricksyTails Thank you for the tag! 😊 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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This has me hooked!

RealBooks4ever Ooo, I want to read this! 💜 2y
LeahBergen It‘s so good! 2y
NatalieR This book is great! I loved it! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Leelee.reads I‘m so curious about this one. One of her massive estates is in my town. There was always an air of mystery about it, and then much debate about what would happen to it once she passed away. It will apparently open to the public as a museum someday, but I‘ve never heard word about that actually happening. For now it is still an empty mansion overlooking the ocean. 2y
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Cconnolly
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Multi tasking with coffee today; looking at recipes, watching In the Kitchen with David on QVC and starting this book. I‘ve always been drawn to old buildings because I imagine the people who walked the floors, and the stories that could be told. Traveling back in time to learn more about the family of W.A. Clark.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

Proof that truth can be stranger than fiction. One of the world‘s richest heiresses lives to nearly 105, owns several sumptuous residences, yet chooses to live in a hospital room for the last 20 years of her life even though her health was relatively good. Also looks at how the wealth was obtained: her dad was a Copper King, and at the Gilded Age in general. Fascinating! House on cover across Central Park was torn down 14 yrs after being built. 👇

ValerieAndBooks Many thanks again to @Bookcation74 for including this in my #Halloweengoespostal box. It was so interesting that I was reading it exclusively— very rare for me! 2y
julesG Hetty Green? 2y
ValerieAndBooks @julesG Huguette Clark. She passed away in 2011. Very interesting story! 2y
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Cathythoughts So interesting, long lives & long memories ( if the mind is still working) I‘m on The Secret Scripture & Roseanne is 100 as the book begins. Fascinating 2y
ferskner I've had this one on my list for ages, and I need to get to it! 2y
julesG Ah, her. I just remembered reading about Hetty Green, who was rich but so mean, she still picked up pennies in the street at a ripe old age. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Cathythoughts it‘s amazing how some people get to live so long — so much history to live through! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @cathysaid that looks really good— I‘ve heard of her story but haven‘t read a book about her yet. Stacking! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @ferskner I think you‘d like it 👍! (edited) 2y
ValerieAndBooks @julesG I remember reading somewhere that Hetty Green was too cheap to have her son‘s broken leg treated properly, and as a result it eventually had to be amputated 😢. 2y
Bookcation74 So glad you enjoyed!! 2y
julesG Yes, I remember that story, too. 😖 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Bookcation74 thanks again 😊! Looking forward to reading the others from you soon. 2y
emilyhaldi This story is sooooo fascinating 2y
ValerieAndBooks @emilyhaldi it really is — did you read this yet? 2y
LeahBergen I loved it. 👍🏻 2y
Pamwurtzler I loved that- what a fascinating story! 2y
emilyhaldi @ValerieAndBooks yes I read it a couple months ago. Admittedly I skimmed a little near the end but, still fascinating! I just wish we could have gotten more closure 😂 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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It‘s been busy here for the last few days! Now getting a chance to sit down with one of my new books and bookmark from @Bookcation74 (#halloweengoespostal).

cathysaid I absolutely LOVED this book! 2y
AmyG I liked this book, too. 2y
Reecaspieces Great book! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks @cathysaid @AmyG @Reecaspieces it is so interesting! I‘m already almost halfway through! 2y
Reecaspieces @ValerieAndBooks amazing at all that wealth. Sigh 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Reecaspieces I know right?! Just boggles the mind at how much money she had. 2y
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Heatherfeather
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Pickpick

Awesome. Recommend this to pretty much anyone. Amazing to think that this woman lived through the entire 20th century and her life was reduced to squabbling over money. (Go Cubbies!)

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goodbyefrancie
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Stopped by the local thrift store after work and got all of these goodies for $2. 📚💰 I love a bargain #bookhaul.

Bookish_B Nice! 👍🏼 2y
Octoberwoman I have to limit myself to how often I'm allowed to pop into a thrift store. One of my favorite places to buy books. 2y
LeahBergen Empty Mansions is fascinating! 2y
TNbookworm Wow👍 2y
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Heatherfeather
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On p 67 and already I'm saying it's the best book I've read this year. Totally captivated!!!

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Librarybelle
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Poor Huguette Clark...she seemed to be surrounded by #slipperypeople the last few years of her life. #rocktober

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Cinfhen Such a crazy story! Good selection for today👍🏻 2y
BarbaraBB Yeah, great choice! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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I'm sick of posting about this book! However, with more #work travel this week I haven't read a single page in 3 days 😑 Hoping I can catch up this weekend during a relaxing trip to Rhode Island with some friends ⛱
#augustgrrrl

Mdargusch You need to finish this and the Sunshine State. 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola No reading in three days?!?! 😵😵 2y
IamIamIam I LOVED this book!!! I volunteer at a mansion & frequently suggest this book because a large number of items were purchased several years ago from the Clark auction. Hollywood couldn't have scripted a more interesting life!!! 2y
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Lmstraubie Have fun! 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I know 😣 those trips wear me out!!! Another one next week 😑 2y
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch lol, tell me about it! Taking it to the beach this weekend 🤞🏻 2y
Cinfhen #work sucks! Enjoy the holiday weekend 💕😊🏖 2y
L_auren Enjoy! I'm Rhode Island for the weekend too. Gorgeous 😎 2y
BookBabe Gorgeous kitty! 😻 Looks just like Coale. That's his favorite sleeping position too. 2y
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emilyhaldi
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So tired.... But this book has me hooked!! 😮

brennahawleycraig One thing I found so interesting was thinking of the years she and her father spanned. His birth to her death...so many decades and changes! 2y
SaraFair Wow! Looks so good! 2y
Reviewsbylola I loved it at the beginning. Then I got bored and bailed. 2y
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emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola that's a real bummer to hear! I am so into it right now. Will see how things progress... 2y
Reviewsbylola I was too! Let me know if I should give it another shot. I was reading it as an ebook, so that could be my problem. I have like a 80% bail rate on Ebola. 😂 2y
Mdargusch I thought the end was interesting while she was living in the hospital. 2y
Cinfhen I liked this one #TeamCindy 💕🙌🏻💋 2y
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emilyhaldi
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I'm all-over the place today! Shuffling between a few different things depending on my mood 😎 #stackedup

GypsyKat I'm with you! I've read parts of three different books today! 2y
mrozzz I love doing that! 🙌🏻 2y
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Reviewsbylola I saw you went with Fierce Kingdom . . . ⭐️⭐️ 2y
Mdargusch You've been reading Sunshine State for a loooonnnngg time. Not stacking this even though I love the cover. 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha @Mdargusch you are sooooo right! 2y
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Librarybelle
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Huguette Clark is a good example of a #richgirl . She had houses aplenty (some of which she never visited), and her passing left a rather large legal battle, between her family and her caregivers. This is an interesting biography of her life. #augustgrrrl

Cinfhen Yes, this was quite a sad story but so fascinating! 2y
Librarybelle @Cinfhen I had never heard of her before I read this - what an amazing life! So glad it was chronicled; and yes, this is also such a sad story. 2y
Cinfhen Same, I loved reading her family history! 2y
Reecaspieces Great book!! 2y
Skybariline This is probably the book that I've read in common with my bookish peeps more than any other! 2y
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Mdargusch
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As a #seniorcitizen, it was a mystery why Huguette Clark spent the last 20 years of her life in a hospital room instead of one of her mansions even though she was healthy. She was an heiress to a copper fortune but was shy and reclusive. This book delves into her life and idiosyncrasies as one of the stars of the Gilded Age . Ps little Georgia is a senior citizen too. #anditsaugust

CouronneDhiver I liked that book - the audio version is cool because it has clips of Huguette speaking 2y
booksandsympathy One of my coworkers is reading this right now. I thought it sounded fascinating. 2y
Mdargusch It really is @booksandsympathy but I'm also a big fan of nonfiction. 2y
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Mdargusch I would love to hear that @CouronneDhiver ! 2y
LauraBrook I loved this book! 💙 2y
Reviewsbylola I bailed on this. I loved it initially but then it got slow for me. 2y
Mdargusch I finished just because I was curious why and how she ended up in the hospital for 20 years. @Reviewsbylola (edited) 2y
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bewareofwords
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Since coming home, I haven't had the time to update my past reads! I read three books in the plane flight home from London to Utah.
Book 1: Empty Mansions
This was a fascinating book. I bought it on a whim, and I'm so glad I did! Crazy story and very thorough research. It is presented very well. It gets a little dull near the end, but I think it's worth it #travel

Cinfhen Crazy story- sad too! (edited) 2y
bewareofwords @Cinfhen I thought so too! 2y
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