The Astor Orphan The Astor Orphan

The Astor Orphan

A Memoir

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Publisher Description

The Astor Orphan is an unflinching debut memoir by a direct descendant of John Jacob Astor, Alexandra Aldrich.

She brilliantly tells the story of her eccentric, fractured family; her 1980s childhood of bohemian neglect in the squalid attic of Rokeby, the family’s Hudson Valley Mansion; and her brave escape from the clan. Aldrich reaches back to the Gilded Age when the Astor legacy began to come undone, leaving the Aldrich branch of the family penniless and squabbling over what was left.

Illustrated with black-and-white photographs that bring this faded world into focus, The Astor Orphan is written with the grit of The Glass Castle and set amid the aristocratic decay of Grey Gardens.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2013
April 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Ecco
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
5.2
MB

Customer Reviews

danalcook ,

The Astor Orphan

Very interesting though it felt short but it depicts the authors like when she was a child so the time frame is short .

twilightZ86 ,

Thoroughly Enjoyed!

Great true story about the author’s childhood growing up in a dilapidated mansion on the Hudson in upstate New York. Fascinating, sad, and bizarre! A very candid telling that almost reads like a novel. I loved it! ☺️

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