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The Grand Affair

Author : Paul Fisher
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page : 382 pages
File Size : 52,5 Mb
Release : 2022-11-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780374605315

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A Wall Street Journal and Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year | Long-listed for the Plutarch Award A bold new biography of the legendary painter John Singer Sargent, stressing the unruly emotions and furtive desires that drove his innovative work and defined the transatlantic, fin de siècle culture he inhabited. A great American artist, John Singer Sargent is also an abiding enigma. While dressing like a businessman and crafting a highly respectable persona, he scandalized viewers on both sides of the Atlantic with the frankness and sensuality of his work. He charmed the nouveaux riches as well as the old money, but he reserved his greatest sympathies for Bedouins, Spanish dancers, and the gondoliers of Venice. At the height of his renown in Britain and America, he quit his lucrative portrait-painting career to concentrate on allegorical murals with religious themes—and on nude drawings of male models that he kept to himself. In The Grand Affair, the historian Paul Fisher offers a vivid life of the buttoned-up artist and his unbuttoned work. Sargent’s nervy, edgy portraits exposed illicit or dark feelings in himself and his sitters—feelings that high society on both sides of the Atlantic found fascinating and off-putting. Fisher traces Singer’s life from his wandering trans-European childhood to the salons of Paris, and the scandals and enthusiasms he caused, and on to London. There he mixed with eccentrics and aristocrats, and the likes of Henry James and Oscar Wilde, while at the same time forming a close relationship with a lightweight boxer who became his model, valet, and traveling partner. In later years, Sargent met up with his friend and patron Isabella Stewart Gardner around the world and devoted himself to a new model, the African American elevator operator and part-time contortionist Thomas McKeller, who would become the subject of some of Sargent’s most daring and powerful work. Illuminating Sargent’s restless itinerary, Fisher explores the enigmas of fin de siècle sexuality and art, fashioning a biography that grants the man and his paintings new and intense life.

Grand Affair

Author : Charlotte Bingham
Publisher : Bantam
Page : 478 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 2009-03
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0553820575

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Ottilie Cartaret is born in London into a family of boys dominated by their genial mother, Ma O'Flaherty. For the first four years of her life, all Ottilie knows is love until, that is, the erring father of the boys, the ever absent Mr O'Flaherty, sends enough money from America for the O'Flahertys to move to what Ma imagines will be rural bliss in Cornwall. True, St Elcomb is by the sea and in 1950s Britain is certainly rural but, for the O'Flahertys, it is not bliss. Never mind their poverty or the damp cottage which Ma has bought for them, the enmity of the local people is what proves insuperable. The family unit having been destroyed by Ma's death, Ottilie is adopted by Mr and Mrs Cartaret, a wealthy couple who run the Grand Hotel in St Elcomb. It is to these palatial surroundings that Ottilie is removed, away from her brothers and everything which she loves. Here she becomes pampered and spoilt, not just by her adopted parents but by all the visitors to the hotel, with the exception of their mysterious annual guest whom Ottilie nicknames 'GREY LADY'. Times however are changing and not just for Ottilie but for the hotel too, and as the regulars to the now decaying hotel die off, the Cartarets find they are unable to adapt to modern ways. That Ottilie becomes their greatest asset and they live to rejoice in the day they adopted her is undoubted, but that Ottilie perhaps sacrifices too much herself to save the Grand is something she soon comes to realize...

Grand Affair

Author : Charlotte Bingham
Publisher : Random House
Page : 331 pages
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Release : 2011-03-30
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781446464144

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Fans of Louise Douglas, Dinah Jeffries and Kristin Hannah will love this compelling and enthralling read from bestselling author Charlotte Bingham. The 1950s are brought vividly to life - as is the real battle between desire and duty that Ottilie faces. A real page-turner! 'The author perfectly evokes the atmosphere of a bygone era... ' -- Woman's Own 'This is great summer escapism from an award-winning romantic novelist' -- CHOICE 'I couldn't put it down' -- ***** Reader review 'Absolutely riveting' -- ***** Reader review 'A wonderful read' -- ***** Reader review ******************************************************************************* SOME THINGS NEED SAVING...BUT AT WHAT COST? Ottilie Cartaret is born in London into a family of boys dominated by their genial mother, Ma O'Flaherty. For the first four years of her life, all Ottilie knows is love until, that is, the erring father of the boys, sends enough money from America for the O'Flahertys to move to what Ma imagines will be rural bliss in Cornwall. True, St Elcomb is by the sea and in 1950s Britain is certainly rural but, for the O'Flahertys, it is not bliss. Never mind their poverty - the enmity of the local people is what proves insuperable. Ottilie is ultimately adopted by Mr and Mrs Cartaret, a wealthy couple who run the Grand Hotel in St Elcomb. Here she becomes pampered and spoilt, not just by her adopted parents but by all the visitors to the hotel. Times however are changing and not just for Ottilie but for the hotel too, and as the regulars to the now decaying hotel die off, the Cartarets find they are unable to adapt to modern ways. There is no doubt that Ottilie is their greatest asset and they live to rejoice in the day they adopted but is Ottilie perhaps expected to sacrifice too much herself to save the Grand?

A Grand Affair

Author : David Beer
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Release : 2017-11-15
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0692969268

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David Beer¿s A Grand Affair transforms the way we see hotels. From the first step through the front door into the lobby, on to the bars, guest rooms, spas, swimming pools, and even the private apartments above, he provides an insider¿s view of what makes for a successful hotel, whether modest or grand luxe.A Grand Affair is an elaboration of the lectures that Beer, an architect and designer, gave at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for many years, enlivened by delightful, quirky anecdotes about the adventures and misadventures he experienced while traveling the world to work on projects.He sits next to Princess Diana¿s sacrosanct corner table at The Ritz Restaurant in London, admires the extravagant hats worn by ladies around the Cipriani pool in Venice (illustrating the fact that not all swimming pools are meant for a swim), and proves that you do not have to be an emperor to have a swinging time in the imperial suite at Le Grand Hotel in Rome, even when you¿re on a budget.He takes the reader to a balcony far above the Aegean Sea on Mount Athos where he drinks wine with the monks of Simonopetra, and to a third-class car on the Orient Express where he travels standing-room-only from Paris to Rome. After one too many martinis at the old Ritz Bar in Paris he misses the wedding of the ambassador¿s daughter at the Madeleine. He enjoys the Duchess of Windsor¿s favorite drink, Dubonnet and gin, in her apartment at the Waldorf Towers; sits alongside Ingrid Bergman on a terrace in Taormina; and in a Palm Desert club is bemused when Mamie Eisenhower shows him her vast collection of pastel-colored slacks, neatly arrayed in an immense walk-in closet.A rich and provocative book, A Grand Affair will not only beguile those who love staying in hotels but also chronicle the exciting life David Beer led during the golden age of travel, when it was still possible to visit the world¿s great sites with nary a tourist in sight.

The Heir Affair

Author : Heather Cocks,Jessica Morgan
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Page : 480 pages
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Release : 2020-07-07
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781538715925

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Making it up the aisle was the easy part: Rebecca "Bex" Porter must survive her own scandals and adjust to royal British life in this "positively delicious" follow-up to The Royal We that's "just as fun, charming, and delightful as the first" (Taylor Jenkins Reid). After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca "Bex" Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world's judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance. But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they'd placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick's brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten—nor forgiven.

The End of the Affair

Author : Graham Greene
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 192 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2010-10-02
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1407086812

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The Rome Affair

Author : Karen Swan
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Page : 350 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2017-07-13
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781509838035

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The glamorous capital city of Italy is brought to startling life in The Rome Affair, a compelling novel by bestselling author Karen Swan. 1974 and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At twenty-six, she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can't change it. 2017 and Francesca Hackett is living la dolce vita in Rome, leading tourist groups around the Eternal City and forgetting the ghosts she left behind in London. When she finds a stolen designer handbag in her dustbin and returns it, she is brought into the orbit of her grand neighbour who lives across the piazza – famed socialite Viscontessa Elena dei Damiani Pignatelli della Mirandola. Elena greets the return of the bag with exultation for it contains an unopened letter written by her husband on his deathbed, twelve years earlier. Mutually intrigued by each other, the two women agree to collaborate on a project, with Cesca interviewing Elena for her memoirs. As summer unfurls, Elena tells her sensational stories, leaving Cesca in her thrall. But when a priceless diamond ring found in an ancient tunnel below the city streets is ascribed to Elena, Cesca begins to suspect a shocking secret at the heart of Elena's life. 'Glittering jewels, designer labels galore and the most mouth-watering pizza in Rome make this a satisfying summer beach read' – Veronica Henry, Daily Express Enjoy more of Karen Swan's captivating seasonal novels with The Greek Escape and The Paris Secret.

The Affair

Author : Danielle Steel
Publisher : Delacorte Press
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2021
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781984821409

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"This riveting novel ... explores a high-profile affair that reverberates throughout an entire family, from the wounded wife to her husband--torn between two women--to the wife's close-knit sisters and their mother"--

The Margot Affair

Author : Sanaë Lemoine
Publisher : Hogarth
Page : 352 pages
File Size : 46,6 Mb
Release : 2020-06-16
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781984854445

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A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE The secret daughter of a French politician and a famous actress drops the startling revelation that will shatter her family in this beguiling debut novel of intrigue and betrayal. NAMED ONE OF SUMMER’S BEST BOOKS BY The Skimm • Marie Claire • LitHub • Subway Book Review • Paperback Paris Margot Louve is a secret: the child of a longstanding affair between an influential French politician with presidential ambitions and a prominent stage actress. This hidden family exists in stolen moments in a small Parisian apartment on the Left Bank. It is a house of cards that Margot—fueled by a longing to be seen and heard—decides to tumble. The summer of her seventeenth birthday, she meets the man who will set her plan in motion: a well-regarded journalist whose trust seems surprisingly easy to gain. But as Margot is drawn into an adult world she struggles to comprehend, she learns how one impulsive decision can threaten a family’s love with ruin, shattering the lives of those around her in ways she could never have imagined. Exposing the seams between private lives and public faces, The Margot Affair is a novel of deceit, desire, and transgression—and the exhilarating knife-edge upon which the danger of telling the truth outweighs the cost of keeping secrets.

An Affair of State

Author : Richard A. Posner
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 43,5 Mb
Release : 2009-07-01
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780674042322

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President Bill Clinton’s year of crisis, which began when his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the front pages in January 1998, engendered a host of important questions of criminal and constitutional law, public and private morality, and political and cultural conflict. In a book written while the events of the year were unfolding, Richard Posner presents a balanced and scholarly understanding of the crisis that also has the freshness and immediacy of journalism. Posner clarifies the issues and eliminates misunderstandings concerning facts and the law that were relevant to the investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and to the impeachment proceeding itself. He explains the legal definitions of obstruction of justice and perjury, which even many lawyers are unfamiliar with. He carefully assesses the conduct of Starr and his prosecutors, including their contacts with the lawyers for Paula Jones and their hardball tactics with Monica Lewinsky and her mother. He compares and contrasts the Clinton affair with Watergate, Iran–Contra, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, exploring the subtle relationship between public and private morality. And he examines the place of impeachment in the American constitutional scheme, the pros and cons of impeaching President Clinton, and the major procedural issues raised by both the impeachment in the House and the trial in the Senate. This book, reflecting the breadth of Posner’s experience and expertise, will be the essential foundation for anyone who wants to understand President Clinton’s impeachment ordeal.

The Man in the Red Coat

Author : Julian Barnes
Publisher : Random House
Page : 280 pages
File Size : 55,6 Mb
Release : 2019-11-07
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781473574038

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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BOOK AWARDS 2020* 'A bravura performance, highly entertaining' Evening Standard The Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending takes us on a rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi. In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days' shopping. One was a Prince, one was a Count, and the third was a commoner, who four years earlier had been the subject of one of John Singer Sargent's greatest portraits. The commoner was Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, pioneer gynaecologist and free-thinker - a scientific man with a famously complicated private life. Pozzi's life played out against the backdrop of the Parisian Belle Epoque. The beautiful age of glamour and pleasure more often showed its ugly side: hysterical, narcissistic, decadent and violent, with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine. **SHORTLISTED FOR THE DUFF COOPER PRIZE 2019**

Boston's Apollo

Author : Erica E. Hirshler
Publisher : Yale University Press
Page : 257 pages
File Size : 52,9 Mb
Release : 2020-01-01
Category : Art
ISBN : 9780300249866

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In 1916, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) met Thomas Eugene McKeller (1890-1962) a young African American elevator attendant at Boston's Hotel Vendome. McKeller became the principal model for Sargent's murals in the new wing of the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, among the painter's most ambitious works. Sargent's nude studies and sketches from this project attest to a close collaboration between the two men that unfolded over nearly ten years. Featuring drawings given by Sargent to Isabella Stewart Gardner and published in full for the first time, a portrait of McKeller, and archival materials reconstructing his life and relationship with Sargent, this book opens new avenues into artist-model relationships and transforms our understanding of Sargent's iconic American paintings. Essays offer the first biography of Thomas McKeller and a window into African America life in early 20th century Roxbury. They address the artist's sexuality, his models, and consider questions of race and gender.

The Pear Affair

Author : Judith Eagle
Publisher : Candlewick Press
Page : 289 pages
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Release : 2022-04-26
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781536224696

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Nell is determined to find her beloved missing au pair in this vibrant adventure set in, and underneath, Paris. Penelope Magnificent spends as little time as possible with her awful parents—a grocery-mogul father and a fashion-obsessed mother who loves expensive purses more than she does her daughter. But when they mention an important trip to Paris, Nell begs to come along. Paris holds something very dear to her: her old au pair Perrine—Pear—who lives there. Pear used to write to Nell every week, promising to come to her rescue, but recently the letters stopped. With the help of a savvy bellboy named Xavier, Nell sets out from her parents’ ultra-fancy Parisian hotel to find her beloved Pear. But Pear’s old neighbors and coworkers are strangely tight-lipped. And as Nell’s search for the truth takes her and Xavier to some of the darkest, most mysterious parts of the city, a sinister plot comes to light involving the destruction of a cherished—and delicious—part of Parisian life. Food, fashion, and intrigue abound in this delightful caper from the author of The Secret Starling.

A Temporary Affair

Author : Kay Clifford
Publisher : Harlequin Treasury-Harlequin Romanc
Page : 196 pages
File Size : 45,9 Mb
Release : 1982
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 037302505X

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A Temporary Affair by Kay Clifford released on Aug 25, 1982 is available now for purchase.

The Kellner Affair

Author : Peter M. Larsen,Ben Erickson
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2018-02
Category : History
ISBN : 1854432915

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The Kellner Affair tells the fascinating story of some of the most influential people in the French luxury car business before the War and how they came together and fought bravely against the Nazi occupation force in Paris. it tells how they formed a resistance group an gathered intelligence - how they were betrayed by double agents, and how they were executed in 1942.