Thursday, December 26, 2013

Booking It December

I thought I would wrap up my year with one more review. Here is my Booking It Report for December.

Well, I had been waiting a long time for the book Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Newell Jr.  IT explores the mysterious life of Huguette Clark.  I thought it was an awesome look at Huguette Clark's life.

When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money? - Amazon

I was intrigued by her story. Yes Huguette Clark was eccentric but not crazy.  Huguette loved privacy. I think this book did a lot to clarify that she wasn't crazy.  A lot of her behavior reminds me of my son who Asperger's - intense special interests, limited social circle.  I believe the hospital should of done more to find out what was going in her emotional world.  She lived for 20 years in a hospital but she wasn't sick. Did she have Asperger's?  I feel the hospital shouldn't of just allowed her to remain there.  I also feel bad that she felt she needed to pay everyone. There wasn't one person in her inner circle that was just a friend.  I like the quote , "Huguette was a formidable personality who lived life as she wanted, always on her own terms."

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