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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Lois Wright; 1st edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977746216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977746217
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little Edie says one bit her but he didn't mean to.
TawnTawn
If you are at all a fan of Big Edie and Little Edie you will find this book very interesting.
Lee
The narration goes from past to present tense all in the same sentence all through the book.
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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Damon Devine on April 20, 2007
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I just finished this book last night. It was a page turner! Some nights I read it till the morning light. It is a DIARY, and tells of a very crucial time period in the Beale's lives--the time immedaitely after the filming of Grey Gardens, until the passing of Mrs. Beale. You'll discover that Brooks was quite a drinker, that Lois (the diary keeper in this case) was equally (if not moreso) unorthodox than the Beales, and that Little Edie had quite a jealous streak, and that the elder Beale had an extraordinary knack for ruling absolutely everything without ever leaving her bed! There are a few jaw-droppers in this book also, but I won't spoil that here! Strangely, there is no mention of Jerry (The Marble Fawn)what-so-ever in this book.

It would have been great with a photo section and if we could have had a little more insight into Little Edie's life alone in Grey Gardens in 1977 and 78. There is a book coming out at a later date, that will have all of this and much more called 'Staunch Character', but 'My Life at Grey Gardens' is a must for your collection. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

No doubt you read Shannon Deason's review of this book and his view of the Beales. I would comment on him, but Amazon has very strict rules regarding foul language.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Ann Sherry on October 13, 2007
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Jackie O's aunt and cousin lived in a Munster-type mansion in East Hampton. Edith Bouvier Beale (or 'Big Edie') was the sister of Black Jack Bouvier. Edie had a daughter, 'Little Edie', and both lived in harmony and dis-harmony in the ramshackle old house. Author Lois Wright, artist of questionable talent and palm reader, lived with the ladies for 13 months. The book is based on Wright's journal, which she kept during the 1970's. Big Edie, who was bedridden upstairs, had cats and the cats had fleas. Wright described the agony of the fleas, as well as raccoons climbing out of the ceiling (which Little Edie fed daily) and rats that jumped on the author and Little Edie on occasion. Wright wore boots and a hat 24/7 to ward off most of the critters. Newspapers were placed on beds, on floors, even in the Edies bathtub for the cats. Nevertheless, they were allowed to "go" where they pleased. If a cat or kitten died, Big Edie kept it on her bed for a couple of days, covered with a Kleenex. Contrary to past publicity, Jackie O and Ari stepped in and helped her relatives - Ari sending gifts, Jackie paying bills. The eccentricities of the three ladies are well worth reading about in this mesmerizing page-turner (Wright seemed a bit 'off' herself.) Just to let you be aware that there are DVDs available about Grey Gardens, starring the Beales, that are excellent. It brings Ms. Wright's pages to life, which completes their picture.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lee on May 20, 2007
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My Life at Grey Gardens: 13 Months and Beyond was a real page turner. If you are at all a fan of Big Edie and Little Edie you will find this book very interesting. Lois Wright gives an honest description of the Beales and Grey Gardens, and of her own feelings through the 13 months and beyond.

Ms. Wright provides insight into additional people in the Beales lives including Big Edie's sons and niece Jacqueline Onassis. Ms. Wright shares with the reader the struggles the Beales endured in order to stay at Grey Gardens and the sad death of Big Edie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Cunningham on July 23, 2007
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I found Ms. Wright's book to be very insightful into the life of the Beale's. Though at time the book tended to trail off a bit, but it does run more of a diary of sorts then a novel, but still a great read for anyone in interested in Grey Gardens.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B.Morgan on July 1, 2008
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Welcome back to Grey Gardens! I just received this from Amazon last night, and I am 1/2 through it already!It truly IS a page turner. A must for all fans of these fabulously eccentric,and theatrical ladies.It is a light,diary-entry style read.It will hold your interest, for sure. These women were fascinating characters, Lois Wright included.How wonderful it would have been to know Big and Little Edie.However, we must settle for just reading about them here,in this gem of a tell-all.I agree with the other reviewer....No mention of Jerry Torre (The Marble Fawn), was strange, as he seemed to be an integral part of Grey Gardens machine.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shoshanna Hott on January 27, 2009
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If you have seen both Grey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens, but are left wanting more.....this book is terrific. Lois Wright, the author and friend of the mom and daughter duo keeps a journal/diary of the time she moved in with them. While the reason for her move was not entirely clear, she manages to survive among the cats, raccoons, and endless fleas to capture a clear, non-biased picture of these two delightful women. It is everyday life that others may find odd, but I found fascinating and insightful. I do think that I learned a bit more about the personalities of The Edies and I wish they were still with us today to comment on entertainment, politics, fashion, art, and whatever else they became passionate about. 'My Life at Grey Garden: 13 Months and Beyond' was everything I expected and more.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HIGGINS on July 3, 2009
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Lois Wright brilliantly reveals the business side of making films (even documentaries) and further reveals how manipulative the Maysles were of their subjects. Ms. Wright's book offers up much more than eccentricities that ostensibly define these women as the Maysles film would have us believe; in her book she reveals the loneliness, fatigue, delusions and paranoia that regrettably consumed them in their self-exile. A must read for anyone interested in learning far more about the human side of Big & Little Edie Beale. [...]
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