The Astor Orphan

Alexandra Aldrich grew up in a crumbling 43-room Hudson River palace built by her legendary ancestors, the Astors.  Out of a grim family feud, the author salvages self-reliant wit and her own kind of prominence in this wry memoir.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…