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“Griswold’s deft unpacking of the Sylvester Manor mystery reveals the uncomfortable, complicated history they left behind....[A] precise, beautiful book...Haunting.”—The Boston Globe
“Extraordinary...This is an important book, for it is not just about a house. It is about the world and the destruction we have caused in it, all for the sake of making that place called home.”—Jamaica Kincaid
“History buffs will love The Manor, and it tells a story that needs to be told....[The house is] a remarkable relic of American history.”—The Washington Post
“Griswold skillfully weaves a historical tapestry of considerable complexity.”—Women’s Wear Daily
“A lively history of early American settlement...Like that Pulitzer Prize-winning work [The Hemingses of Monticello], The Manor is American history tightly compressed.”—The Atlantic Wire
Mac Griswold is a cultural landscape historian and the author of Washington’s Gardens at Mount Vernon and The Golden Age of American Gardens. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Travel + Leisure. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
I was fascinated by this book. The author takes the reader from current times in his discovery of this old plantation estate and his research on the family and the estate through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John
It is understandable that relatives and residents are enthusiastic, but it is time we moved beyond those and took a more objective look at this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aglooka
gave this to my mom. We live on Long Island and had a house out on the east end, so she is very family with Shelter Island and found the book fascinating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dale Ketcham
The book while interesting bored me to sleep.. Too, too much info. I give the author credit for her research but her work didn't interest me enough to read more than 20 per cent... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ReRe
I devoured this book. It kept me glued to the treadmill barely noticing that an hour had gone by and I'd find myself wishing for the next trip to the gym. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L.H.
Read the book for our Book Club. If you are very interested in early shipping, trading and slave history of Long Island, this book offers some interesting facts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John J. Funk
This was a fantastic story that touches the east end of Long Island from the grass roots time when these shores just started to see migration from Europe. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Baranello