Winter's Tales

A bibliophile's lit picks for your library

 

Curated by Jenn Thornton

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The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home  by Denise Kiernan

Her book The Girls of Atomic City established Denise Kiernan as a formidable literary voice in creative nonfiction. Her follow-up chronicling the staggeringly vast Biltmore Estate drips with Gilded Age drama. Exploring the sagas of estate owners George and Edith Vanderbilt, their high-society guests and prominent players that helped bring the estate into being (including Central Park landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, whose Biltmore grounds halo around a glittering glass-encased greenhouse), this riveting glimpse at the triumphs and travails of the American dream reflects the excess of an age. $28.00, SimonandSchuster.com