Saturday, November 30, 2013

It's All About Me

Four intriguing autobiographies by women with privileged lives.

Title Deeds: a work of friction (M)
by Liza Campbell"Liza Campbell was the last child to be born at Cawdor Castle, the family seat of the Campbells, as featured in 'Macbeth'. This work tells the story of Liza's idyllic childhood. It is a contemporary fairy story that tells what it is like to grow up as a maiden in a castle where ancient curses and grisly past events were real" - publisher

Past Forgetting: a memoir of heroes, adventure, and love (M)
by Veronica Maclean"Veronica MacLean was born in the 1920s in the Scottish Highlands to the illustrious Fraser family and married the diplomat and politician Sir Fitzroy Maclean. Past Forgetting is the story of her life played out against the dramatic social, political, and diplomatic history of the 20th century. From her acquaintance with the Kennedys, Bushes, and the Astors to her friendships with Belloc, John Singer Sargent, and Freya Stark, the autobiography also charts her journeys overland to China, Persia, and Yugoslavia, her lecture tours in America, and her medical mission to the Balkans in the late 1990s." - publisher

Wonderful Tonight : George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and me (M) by Pattie Boyd"For the first time, rock music’s most famous muse tells her incredible story. Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, finally breaks a forty-year silence and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most legendary muse in the history of rock and roll. The woman who inspired Harrison’s song “Something” and Clapton’s anthem “Layla,” Pattie Boyd has written a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking–and totally honest." - publisher

Why Not Say What Happened? : a memoir (M)
by Ivana Lowell"Born into a celebrated Anglo-Irish family, the Guinnesses, Ivana Lowell tells of coming to terms with her blue-blood heritage and her own childhood traumas. This is also the story of her intense relationship with her complicated mother, writer Caroline Blackwood. A keen observer with a wicked sense of humor and no self-pity, Lowell sets scenes with an almost madcap cast of characters, introducing us to such eccentrics as her grandmother, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava..." - publisher

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