Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Bill Dedman,Paul Clark Newell (Jr.)
Release: 2014
Editor: Ballantine Books
Pages: 470
ISBN: 9780345534538
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

A cousin of Huguette Clark and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist trace the life of the reclusive American heiress against a backdrop of the now-infamous W. A. Clark family and include coverage of the internet sensation and elder-abuse investigation that occurred at the end of her life.

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Bill Dedman,Paul Clark Newell (Jr.)
Release: 2014-01-29
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 496
ISBN: 1782394761
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

The rich mystery of a reclusive, eccentric heiress Huguette Clark: a true story of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue
Author: Meryl Gordon
Release: 2014-05-27
Editor: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781455512645
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second richest man in America, and not above bribing his way into the Senate. Huguette attended the coronation of King George V. And at twenty-two with a personal fortune of $50 million to her name, she married a Princeton man and childhood friend William MacDonald Gower. Two-years later the couple divorced. After a series of failed romances, Huguette began to withdraw from society--first living with her mother in a kind of Grey Gardens isolation then as a modern-day Miss Havisham, spending her days in a vast apartment overlooking Central Park, eating crackers and watching The Flintstones with only servants for company. All her money and all her real estate could not protect her in her later life from being manipulated by shady hangers-on and hospitals that were only too happy to admit (and bill) a healthy woman. But what happened to Huguette that turned a vivacious, young socialite into a recluse? And what was her life like inside that gilded, copper cage?

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Realbuzz Studios
Release: 2008-05-20
Editor: Harper Collins
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781418580971
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

You'll never discover the secret if you stay safe at home. Like generations before them, cadets Adam and Dawn have always lived aboard the asteroid. But past generations have never experienced a threat like this: Robotic Alien Technology (R.A.T.) is attacking the spaceship--with the intent to destroy everyone on board. Dawn and Adam are two of the best new Coupler pilots, but they're also famous for their clashes. When a family crisis and a R.A.T. sighting coincide, Dawn has to call on all her inner resources to stay focused on the mission. A deep space discovery lies ahead, threatening to forever alter the ship's future--and every life on it.

Empty Mansion Empty Heart

Empty Mansion  Empty Heart
Author: Everett Beich
Release: 2013-02-18
Editor: Book Hub Inc
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780963109842
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

By the age of nineteen, Tyler loses both his mother and father, inherits his family home, and becomes the owner and operator of the family grocery store that he turns into a thriving business. When the business is threatened by the construction of a shopping center along his small town’s only highway, Tyler must take matters into his own hands to preserve what he and his family have built. In an attempt to buy up the surrounding land with the help of the townspeople, Tyler befriends the town “witch,” Mary, who lives in just two rooms of a large, empty mansion on the outskirts of town. When he acquires the mansion under unusual circumstances, he becomes the youngest, richest, and most eligible bachelor in town. But just when it seems he has everything, Tyler, alone and coping with the loss of both his parents and Mary, decides to leave town in search of something greater: true love. Empty Mansion, Empty Heart is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about the influence of others and the power of true love and friendship.

Fortune s Children

Fortune s Children
Author: Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II
Release: 2013-04-16
Editor: Harper Collins
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9780062288370
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

Lavender Mansions

Lavender Mansions
Author: Julius E Nyang'oro
Release: 2019-03-11
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780429720307
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Paul Clark Newell Jr,Bill Dedman
Release: 2013-11-28
Editor: Atlantic Books Ltd
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781782394778
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of nineteenth-century America 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? Huguette Clark 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. 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.

Fourth Mansions

Fourth Mansions
Author: R. A. Lafferty
Release: 1999-12-01
Editor: Wildside Press LLC
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781880448960
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

When the Astors Owned New York

When the Astors Owned New York
Author: Justin Kaplan
Release: 2006-06-01
Editor: Penguin
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781101218815
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

In this marvelous anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior. Kaplan exposes it all in exquisite detail, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, history, architectural appreciation, and pure reading pleasure

Observatory Mansions

Observatory Mansions
Author: Edward Carey
Release: 2012-10-09
Editor: Vintage Canada
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780307364234
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

Observatory Mansions was once the Orme family's ancestral home, a magnificent residence with beautiful grounds. Now it is a crumbling apartment block, stranded on a roundabout and inhabited by eccentrics. Francis Orme, an odd little man who makes a living as a human statue in the centre of the decaying city, lives in Observatory Mansions with his parents and the other equally maladjusted misfits, all of them taking comfort in their solitude and curious harmony. In the cellar is Francis' treasured Exhibition. Carefully catalogued are all the items he has ever stolen. But the arrival of a new resident upsets the delicate balance of Observatory Mansions and Francis finds himself taking drastic measures to protect the secrets of his past and the sanctity of his collection.

The Knockout Queen

The Knockout Queen
Author: Rufi Thorpe
Release: 2021-03-02
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780525567295
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

A Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction An InStyle Best Book of the Year A Refinery29 Best Book of the Year By the end of high school, Bunny Lampert is 6'3 with the abs of a ninja turtle and the face of a boy angel. Her dad has chaotic salesman energy and her mom is dead. But from the outside, Bunny seems to have it all⁠--she's blonde, rich, and an Olympic volleyball hopeful. Michael⁠⁠--who has a ponytail and a septum piercing, works at Rite-Aid, and has a secret Grindr⁠--lives with his aunt in the cramped cottage next door to Bunny's McMansion. When Bunny catches Michael smoking in her yard, he discovers that her life is not as perfect as it seems. Their friendship is as improbable as it is irresistible, but when Michael falls in love for the first time, a vicious strain of gossip circulates and a terrible, brutal act becomes the defining feature of both his and Bunny's futures⁠⁠. A beautiful and darkly comic book about doing things you didn't mean to do, wanting things you wish you didn't want, and loving people you can't afford to love.

Twilight Man

Twilight Man
Author: Liz Brown
Release: 2021-05-18
Editor: Penguin
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780698184732
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

"Twilight Man is biography, romance, and nonfiction mystery, carrying with it the bite of fiction." -- Los Angeles Review of Books “In Twilight Man, Liz Brown uncovers a noir fairytale, a new glimpse into the opulent Gilded Age empire of the Clark family.” —Bill Dedman, co-author of The New York Times bestseller Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune The unbelievable true story of Harrison Post--the enigmatic lover of one of the richest men in 1920s Hollywood--and the battle for a family fortune. In the booming 1920s, William Andrews Clark Jr. was one of the richest, most respected men in Los Angeles. The son of the mining tycoon known as "The Copper King of Montana," Clark launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic and helped create the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a man with secrets, including a lover named Harrison Post. A former salesclerk, Post enjoyed a lavish existence among Hollywood elites, but the men's money--and their homosexuality--made them targets, for the district attorney, their employees and, in Post's case, his own family. When Clark died suddenly, Harrison Post inherited a substantial fortune--and a wealth of trouble. From Prohibition-era Hollywood to Nazi prison camps to Mexico City nightclubs, Twilight Man tells the story of an illicit love and the battle over a family estate that would destroy one man's life. Harrison Post was forgotten for decades, but after a chance encounter with his portrait, Liz Brown, Clark's great-grandniece, set out to learn his story. Twilight Man is more than just a biography. It is an exploration of how families shape their own legacies, and the lengths they will go in order to do so.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
Author: Rita Leganski
Release: 2013-02-26
Editor: Harper Collins
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062113771
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

A magical debut novel from Rita Leganski, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is the tale of a mute boy whose gift of wondrous hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore, and exposes a murder that threatens the souls of those who love him. Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. But he was listening, placing sound inside quiet and gaining his bearings. By the time he turns five, he can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He also hears the voice of his dead father, William Arrow, mysteriously murdered by a man known only as the Wanderer. Exploring family relics, he opens doors to the past and finds the key to a web of secrets that both hold his family together, and threaten to tear them apart. Set against the backdrop of 1950s New Orleans, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is a magical story about the lost art of listening and a wondrous little boy who brings healing to the souls of all who love him.

The Opulent Interiors of the Gilded Age

The Opulent Interiors of the Gilded Age
Author: Arnold Lewis,James Turner,Steven McQuillin
Release: 2016-06-23
Editor: Courier Corporation
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780486319476
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

Best source of information and illustrations for private houses in Eastern cities during the early 1880s. Rare photographs of mansions belonging to Vanderbilt, Morgan, Grant, and many others. Extensive, informative new text.

Abandoned Palaces

Abandoned Palaces
Author: Michael Kerrigan
Release: 2019-08-06
Editor: Abandoned
Pages: 224
ISBN: 1782748628
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

From ancient Roman villas to a colonial station in Cambodia, Abandoned Palaces charts the decline of what were once the most luxurious homes and resorts. Ranging from crumbling hotels in the Catskills and Mozambique, to an unfinished Elizabethan summerhouse, to a modern megalomaniac's uncompleted estate, they were deserted for reasons including politics, bankruptcy, personal tragedies, natural disasters, and changing tastes. This volume is a moving pictorial examination of worlds left behind.

Green Mansions

Green Mansions
Author: W. H. Hudson
Release: 2014-09-22
Editor: Courier Corporation
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780486798592
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

The compelling tale of Rima, a strange, birdlike girl of the jungle, and Abel, the European explorer who falls in love with her. Richly colored narrative, steeped in mystery and romance.

Ghosts in Mansions

Ghosts in Mansions
Author: Lisa Owings
Release: 2016-08-01
Editor: Epic Books
Pages: 24
ISBN: 1626174296
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

"Engaging images accompany information about ghosts in mansions. The combination of high-interest subject matter and light text is intended for students in grades 2 through 7"--

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Author: Realbuzz Studios,
Release: 2008-05-20
Editor: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781401687182
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

You'll never discover the secret if you stay safe at home. Like generations before them, cadets Adam and Dawn have always lived aboard the asteroid. But past generations have never experienced a threat like this: Robotic Alien Technology (R.A.T.) is attacking the spaceship--with the intent to destroy everyone on board. Dawn and Adam are two of the best new Coupler pilots, but they're also famous for their clashes. When a family crisis and a R.A.T. sighting coincide, Dawn has to call on all her inner resources to stay focused on the mission. A deep space discovery lies ahead, threatening to forever alter the ship's future--and every life on it.

The Chairman s Toys

The Chairman s Toys
Author: Graham Reed
Release: 2018-07-03
Editor: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781464210075
Language: en
Available for:

REVIEWS:

"Jake, whose philosophy is 'life is often less about making good decisions than figuring out how to live with bad ones,' takes the reader on a fast, furious, and often hilarious tour. Watching him zigzag through the twisting plot is pure pleasure." —Publishers Weekly Vancouver, British Columbia—land of psychotically expensive real estate, high-grade cannabis, and Jake Constable. A man adrift. After Jake quits the drug business, his realtor/ex-wife, Nina, gets him a job as a housesitter for her wealthy clients. Jake celebrates by throwing a party in the mansion he was hired to look after. Unfortunately, the guest list gets out of hand, leaving Jake to contend with a hallucinogenic-vitamin-dispensing yogi, a dead guy in the bathroom, and The Norwegian—a criminal force of nature with a grudge against Jake. When the owner of the multimillion dollar crime-scene returns home prematurely, only Jake's inadvertent discovery of the man's business history in Mao Tse Thong underwear saves him from having to clean up after the party. But he still has to come clean with his ex-wife. The situation threatens to become an international incident when Nina's powerbroker uncle and two secret agents from China show up to turn the screws on Jake. Soon after that his friends start disappearing. With the Chinese government leaning on him and The Norwegian out to settle an old score, Jake comes up with a desperate plan to dupe a pair of secret agents, fund the uncle's secret venture, save his friends, and (why not?) solve the murder.