These Books Aren't All New??

Books are expensive. I tend to pick and review books that are both new & old. Many of these books you will be able to find on the shelves on your library as opposed to the front of your bookstore.

I believe that there are many hidden gems from years gone by & I enjoy highlighting those as well as today's best sellers.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gilding Lily, Tatiana Boncompagni


OK, this doesn't happen often, but I hated this book. Lily, the main character, throws away everything to pursue what she claims to hate, being a New York socialite.

She starts her writing career by making terrible decisions like doing an in-depth review of the tennis club where her husband & his family have been members for years, costing her husband his membership. Not too terrible.

Then she writes a piece about a "wanna-be" socialite, even after finding out that this woman is unstable & unhealthy. The woman commits suicide. Lily has doubts about her choices all along, but goes ahead with them & then blames everyone else for her choices and ends up getting everything she ever wanted.

The author Boncompagni, is married to an heir to the Hoover vacuum cleaner family and is herself somewhat of a socialite, but tries to play herself as an outsider in the Q & A at the end of the book.

Just leave this one on the shelf. It really has no redeeming qualities.

1 comment:

  1. I love not wasting my time on a bad book... so thanks for the heads up!


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