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American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including one for Never Say Die by Susan Jacoby.
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In short, "American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop" is a tale of life in the Upper Class before women threw off the shackles.
She knew everyone. She had tea with Edith Wharton. Her frequent dinner partner was Winston Churchill ("He has decided I am . . . French . . . and nothing will deter him from speaking French to me."). The gratin of Paris, Noel Coward, the Duke of Windsor. In Washington, John Kennedy came to her house after the Inaugural parties for a midnight bowl of turtle soup. Lyndon Johnson "pinched her behind and exclaimed, `Why does such a thin girl wear a garter belt?'"
She was, in a word, the best --- and last --- of her breed. And she knew it. "All these stories will be in the history books," she wrote, "but it does send a chill down one's spine to hear them told by the actors in the drama."
So come for a peek behind the curtain of International Society. But stay for the sex. And then the cost of sex in Susan Mary's world: no shame, but great secrecy. And hypocrisy. And the kind of deprivation caused by the absence of flesh on flash. And, finally, the reckoning.
This is surely not the book that Caroline de Margerie, a family friend, believes she has written. As she tells it, this is the story of a prominent young woman --- a descendant of founding father John Jay --- who was born in a time of low vocational and high social expectations for upper crust women.Read more ›
A chance meeting through a friend brought William Patten into her life. Harvard educated, Patten was asthmatic and sickly and a decade older than Susan Mary. While socially placed, Patten ideally should have been looking for an heiress to fund a grand lifestyle because he was not robust enough to make his own fortune. Knowing this, Susan Mary decided to throw caution to the wind. If Bill Patten wanted her, she'd have him. There was no great passion in their relationship but theirs was a strong friendship and a love of sorts.
Patten went on to be a diplomat stationed in Paris. Susan Mary went on to learn French, socialize with important political and society figures, and become a hostess known for her unerring style and grace. The Patten marriage had endured for several years and was childless despite a miscarriage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great read, about a fascinating time and place. Great photos, too.Published 2 months ago by George Thomas Bowen
Frankly, I didn't find Alsop to be a book worthy figure. She was a member of the Jay family with solid roots in early America, grew up a child of privilege, married a man who was... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lyric
Interesting reading that includes all the "names " of the day and familiar events. Rather fluffy reading but interesting none the less.Published 20 months ago by JDM
She certainly knew people but the book reads more like a travel log. Light reading, but interesting knowing the era.Published on August 21, 2014 by Catherine A. McGrath
The biography of a woman of little importance and less interest. Unless you are a historian of mid-century bed hopping, this is a book of marginal interest.Published on July 3, 2014 by T. Divens
What a great life she had. The book lacks structure though. It was a very good read. Jonathan Gerson LMHCPublished on February 20, 2014 by Ernesto Alorda
A listing of people who came to dinner. A shallow woman who knew some famous people and invited them to dinner.Published on February 8, 2014 by Loran