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Embers of Childhood: Growing Up a Whitney by [Biddle, Flora Miller]
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Embers of Childhood: Growing Up a Whitney Kindle Edition

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"An honest portrait of a privileged upbringing."—Kirkus Reviews

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This tender Americanized version of Downton Abbey . . . provides a fascinating look at America’s old monied class."—Publishers Weekly

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A Look into the Privileged World of the American Aristocracy of the Early Twentieth Century

Flora Miller Biddle was born a blue-blood. The granddaughter of the Whitney museum founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, her childhood played out in a sort of Wharton landscape as she was shielded from the woes of the world.
But money itself is not the source of happiness. Glimpses into the elegance of a Vanderbilt ball thrown by her great-grandparents and the yearly production of traveling from her childhood home on Long Island to their summer home in Aiken, South Carolina, are measured against memoires of strict governesses with stricter rules in a childhood separate from her parents, despite being in the same house, and the ever-present pressure to measure up in her studies and lessons. As Flora steps back in time to trace the origins of her family’s fortune and where it stands today, she takes a discerning look at how wealth and excess shaped her life, for better and for worse.

In this wonderfully evocative memoir, Flora Miller Biddle examines, critiques, and pays homage to the people and places of her childhood that shaped her life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 120176 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade (4 June 2019)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc. (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07FRLSRDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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