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Publisher's Summary

A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art, and fashion.

Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the cooperation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries, and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Meryl Gordon (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"With an eye for telling detail balanced by nuanced understanding, Meryl Gordon explores Bunny Mellon's impeccably designed homes and gardens as well as the marital deceptions, family tragedies, intense friendships, and political intrigues. A tale of surprising creativity and resilience." (Sally Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life)
"Meryl Gordon's heroic reporting and shrewd insights have given us a fully drawn portrait of one of the 20th century's most compelling figures, by turns warmhearted and cold-blooded, coping with an emptiness no treasure chests of jewels and art could fill." (Jeff Greenfield, author of If Kennedy Lived)

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Amazing story. Amazing life.

This is truly a history lesson for a time gone by. Excellently written and read.

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An honest and interested story

Well written story of a simple billionaire spanning over 100 years. A ratified atmosphere is described in great detail.

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Well written bio.

Meryl Gordon does a great job telling the story of these famous but unknown people. Vanessa Cortland has a lovely voice to listen to but it is really important in an audible book to pronounce the names of people and locations correctly. Like fingers on a blackboard. This is also the fault of the producer. To get Jann Webber’s wrong after all of his decades st Rolling Stone is inexcusable. If you are going to read a story about famous people and places know them.

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Liked it, but didn’t a bit

It was hard to embrace this person despite her amazing life. She had a caring dad and grandfather. You would think she would turn out a bit more attuned to friends and children. She would not have liked me, I guess, or almost anyone I know. Some work on a farm for a few months might have done the trick!

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Meryl Gordon has done it again, pulled me in with full understanding of the life of Bunny Mellon. I cried when her passing was announce on the audiobook like we were old friends!

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LOVED IT!!!

Bunny Mellon was an intriguing woman. I was so sad when I finished this book. I felt like I had lost a friend. I'm sure I will reread it.

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Bunny Mellon

Did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. So sorry that I ne er met her atKenneth our mutual hair dresser or various other places she frequented
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A stunning and enjoyable biography

This remarkable life story of a woman whose belief she was "ordinary" was a chance to witness history that happened because of a few well intentioned people in the right place with the means to make a difference. Bunny Mellon had considerable talent, not always a saint, but genuinely made a difference to the landscape of history. Reading the book felt like a glimpse into the American aristocracy.