Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Fall of Princes

*An August 2015 Library Reads Pick

 The Fall of Princes
Best-selling author Robert Goolrick tells the intoxicating story of young, wealthy Wall Street brokers living the highlife during the 1980s. Sudden large amounts of money will do strange things to people. In this book, readers discover the highs and lows first hand. It is is out now and available on Freading.

“Compelling, wholly seductive . . . Goolrick’s stellar prose infuses this redemption story with a good deal of depth and despair, making it read like the literary version of The Wolf of Wall Street.Booklist

“Goolrick is a superb writer . . . He's referred to his latest as both novel and autobiography; it carries both the artistic qualities of the former and the emotional truth of the latter . . . ranging from the tragicomic beats of Jay McInerney or Bret Easton Ellis to the repulsive behaviors in films like Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street . . . Goolrick is focused on the idea of loss and redemption, and shows the small ways by which we become human again.”—Kirkus Reviews

A heart-wrenching, beautiful, darkly comic, deeply necessary tale that stuns again and again with razor-sharp prose and glittering wit. Robert Goolrick is, without question, one of the greatest storytellers of our time.” Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Read the book that inspired PBS' 'Downton Abbey'

Are you a fan of the blockbuster hit series ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS? You are not alone. A recent article in Variety states that it is the most popular drama in the history of PBS. Season 6 that starts in January of next year is sure to be an exciting one. According to the New York Times, the creator of the show, Julian Fellowes, was reading the scintillating ‘To Marry An English Lord’ by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace when he came up with the idea for the program. Mr. Fellowes stated that the show takes up where this book leaves off. Download the inspiration for this brilliant drama via the Freading site.

“..delightful..dishing up spicy gossip, pithy social commentary..witty”- Publisher’s Weekly

“Large fortunes were made in post-Civil War America. Young heiresses, cold-shouldered by an entrenched aristocracy that scorned new money, looked across the sea to find husbands among titled young Englishmen who were long on status but very short of cash. Nancy Astor and Jennie Churchill are the most famous of more than 100 of these trans-Atlantic brides. This light-hearted bit of social history is lavishly illustrated and bedecked with sidebars and boxes of charts, lively quotes, and other supplementary material. A full register of these enterprising young ladies and a "Walking Tour" are included. Not only fun, but a definitive round-up of the players. Recommended.”
- Library Journal