Number 3!
Number 3!

For the rest of the year, we're counting down our top ten favorite books of 2013, one a day, as voted on by the Darien librarians! Coming in at number 3: Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. Janet was one of our first champions for this book, writing in You Are What You Read: “Empty Mansions is an exhaustively researched and fascinating portrait of copper heiress Huguette Clark, wealthy beyond measure yet a ghostly presence in her own life which I read on the plane coming home. The story would not be believable as fiction, but it all really happened. I would recommend it for book groups and must add that is does not disappoint.”

Stephanie seconded the book group recommendation, saying: "“So far in my reading year, Empty Mansions wins the award for hardest to sum up neatly. What I expected was another breezy story about the crazy things rich people do with all their money. As I already knew Huguette’s main obsession was dolls and dollhouses, how could I resist? What I got was a complex story about a complex woman whose wealth protected her from the real world for her entire 104-year life, both for better and for worse. And what’s more, because she lived so long, the story of her life is both a fascinating slice of American history and an interesting commentary on modern America. There’s a lot to unpack in this one. It’d be a fabulous book group pick.”

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