Denise Kiernan: The Last Castle
Where: Shakespeare & Co.
939 Lexington Ave. (corner of 69th St.)
212-772-3400 Price: Free
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THE LAST CASTLE is a fascinating saga of the unimaginable excess, devastating tragedy, inspiring generosity, and unlikely endurance of the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best-known families. Her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt—grandson of railroad titan Cornelius Vanderbilt and one of the world’s wealthiest, most elusive bachelors—was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore, George’s spectacular estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. DENISE KIERNAN’s previous book, The Girls of Atomic City, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller. Kiernan has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Ms., Reader’s Digest, Discover, and many more publications. She has been a featured guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Q&A and book signing to follow.Buy tickets/get more info now