Sunday, May 5, 2013

What I'm Reading

This is a recently published memoir. I read about five chapters this afternoon and am enjoying it. I had no idea until today that the Astor fortune is gone -- assumed there was some rich Astor trust fund kids around, but no. Here's the description from Amazon:
The Astor Orphan is an unflinching debut memoir by a direct descendant of John Jacob Astor, Alexandra Aldrich.
She brilliantly tells the story of her eccentric, fractured family; her 1980s childhood of bohemian neglect in the squalid attic of Rokeby, the family’s Hudson Valley Mansion; and her brave escape from the clan. Aldrich reaches back to the Gilded Age when the Astor legacy began to come undone, leaving the Aldrich branch of the family penniless and squabbling over what was left.
Illustrated with black-and-white photographs that bring this faded world into focus, The Astor Orphan is written with the grit of The Glass Castle and set amid the aristocratic decay of Grey Gardens.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

That sounds like another good one!