My Three Fathers

My Three Fathers

And the Elegant Deceptions of My Mother, Susan Mary Alsop

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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The author describes growing up among the power elite with a debutante mother and diplomat father, his mother's second marriage to noted columnist Joe Alsop, and his discovery at the age of forty-seven that his biological father had been English diplomat, Duff Cooper.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586485559
Branch Call Number: 920.073 P316
Characteristics: xv, 379 p. : ill., ports, geneal. tables ; 25 cm.


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Feb 11, 2018

It might be interesting to read the book: To Marietta From Paris 1945-1960, written by the author ‘s mother, Susan Mary Jay-Patten-Alsop pertaining to the time his mother and father were posted at the US embassy in Paris after World War II.

Jun 26, 2012

Bizarre book about the author's mother - who, contrary to the subtitle, seemed to be in possession (at least that we can gather from this book) of precious little that was elegant. The anecdotes retold are devoid of any charm, even if her lover (and his natural father) Duff Cooper was one of the great charmers and seducers of his time! (His biography, at the OPL, is well worth a read). This book was embarrassing for me to read: I was embarrassed mostly for the author, who tries desperately hard, failing all along, to glamorize his wayward mother - and, weirdly, to redeem his own bastardy. The characters are, luckily, all dead; otherwise they'd revile his ingenuous inclusion of their peccadilloes in this loose collection of uninteresting anecdotes.

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