August 4, 2016, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Join us for the UH Book Club as we discuss the book The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends. Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman—a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.
Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller—even when the stories aren’t his to tell.
Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America’s most sumptuous eras.
You can join us for just one session if you like a particular book or come to all of the sessions. There is no long-term commitment necessary. So that we know how many people to expect, RSVP to April Hickman.
Upcoming Book Selections
September 1: Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlan
October: NO BOOK CLUB
November 3: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philip Senoker
December 1: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
January 5: The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
February 2: The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
March 2: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
April 6: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
May 4: The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark
June 1: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald