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—the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a high-profile 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 entree 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.
"Vivid and mesmerizing, The Aviator's Wife takes us behind the scenes and into the heart of the woman who loved and married Charles Lindbergh. That was her destiny—a life that took her soaring into the skies and then plunged her to earth, a story of both triumph and pain that will take your breath away."
—Kate Alcott, Author of The Dressmaker
—An August Indie Next Pick
—Fall 2011 Great Lakes Great Reads fiction pick
—Target Emerging Author title
"By turns heart-rending and thrilling, this big-hearted book recounts a fictionalized life of this most extraordinary of women in prose that is lush, and details that are meticulously researched. I loved this book."
—Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Ape House and Water for Elephants
—National Bestseller (New York Times Extended List)
—Featured on NPR's Fresh Air and Weekend Edition
—Chosen as one of Indie Booksellers' Sizzling Summer Picks on NPR's Morning Edition
—Featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and People
—Elle Magazine Readers' Prize Selection, January 2010
"Benjamin offers a finely wrought portrait of Alice that seamlessly
blends fact with fiction. This is book club gold."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
GRAND CENTRAL: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion
A Hollywood hopeful anticipates her first screen test and a chance at stardom in the Kissing Room...
On any particular day, thousands upon thousands of people pass through New York City's Grand Central Terminal, through the whispering gallery, beneath the ceiling of stars, and past the information booth and its beckoning four-faced clock, to whatever destination is calling them. It is a place where people come to say hello and good-bye. And each person has a story to tell.
Now, ten bestselling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal....