American Heiresses

Nonfiction concerning the most unrelatable of subjects: heiresses.
Updated October 2, 2022
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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Bill Dedman
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times * St. Louis Post-Dispatch When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for...
All the Pain That Money Can Buy: The Life of Christina Onassis
William Wright
Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir
Wendy Burden
In the tradition of Sean Wilsey's Oh The Glory of It All and Augusten Burrough's Running With Scissors, the great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt gives readers a grand tour of the world of wealth and WASPish peculiarity, in her irreverent and darkly humorous memoir...
The Glitter and the Gold
Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
A new edition of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan's memoir--the story of the "real" Lady Grantham of Downton Abbey Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful, and heir to a vast fortune. She was also in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to marry an...
Mrs. Astor Regrets
Meryl Gordon
A riveting look behind the gates of the house of Astor as a famous family falls apart in public The fate of Brooke Astor, the endearing philanthropist with the storied name, has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father in 2006, alleging mistreatment...
Trust No One: The Glamorous Life and Bizarre Death of Doris Duke
Ted Schwarz
Why Not Say What Happened?
Ivana Lowell
An astonishing and at times outright comic memoir that marks the brilliant debut of a writer raised in a creative, bohemian household characterized by extreme privilege tinged with neglect. Born into one of the most celebrated Anglo-Irish families, the Guinnesses, Ivana Lowell tells a...
The World of Gloria Vanderbilt
Wendy Goodman
Gloria Vanderbilt is many things: an heiress, a painter, a muse, a designer, a model, a writer, an entrepreneur, an actor, a socialite, a survivor, an icon. She brought the Vanderbilt name out of the Gilded Age and into the Digital Age, reinventing herself over and over along the way. Hers is a...
Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt
Amanda Mackenzie Stuart
"A dual life story that reads as pleasurably as the best fiction but with all the intelligence of a first-rate biography. . . . completely absorbing."--Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire The granddaughter of the richest man in America, Consuelo Vanderbilt was the...
The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt
Audrey Clare Farley
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2021 BY THE NEW YORK POST AND BOOK RIOT NAMED A BEST TRUE CRIME BOOK OF 2021 BY CRIMEREADS For readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and The Phantom of Fifth Avenue, "a sensational story...
The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy
Anne De Courcy
A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century - the real women who inspired Downton Abbey Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the...
Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies
Laura Thompson
New York Times bestselling author Laura Thompson returns with Heiresses, a fascinating look at the lives of heiresses throughout history and the often tragic truth beneath the gilded surface. Heiresses: surely they are among the luckiest women on earth. Are...
A Well-Behaved Woman
Therese Anne Fowler
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, written by Therese Anne Fowler, a New York Times bestselling author of...
The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
Meryl Gordon
From New York Times bestselling author Meryl Gordon, the definitive biography of Huguette Clark, who went from being one of the wealthiest and most famous Jazz Age socialites to spending the last twenty years of her life hiding out in hospitals. Born in...

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