Women of Privilege: 100 Years of Love & Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley

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Carolyn Heilbrun, in Writing a Woman s Life, said there are far too few books about the real lives of women. Women of Privilege helps to fill that gap. Susan Gillotti provides us an insight into her ancestors heretofore secret lives, culled from their private diaries, letters and journals. Up to now, these intimate narratives have been the private thoughts of four generations of women who inhabited Grasmere, one of the great houses of The Hudson River Valley, where they lived among the Delanos, the Vanderbilts and the Roosevelts. On the surface, their lives seemed ideal, but beneath that facade, there were mental illness, alcoholism, yearning for divorce and questions of sexual identity. Written by Susan Gillotti, the great-great-granddaughter of Sarah Minerva Schieffelin, this fascinating and revealing book is part biography, part memoir and part social history.