It's finally fall and we're celebrating by cozying up with Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin, and The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek.More
This charming, cozy memoir tells the story of young Nina Stibbe, sent to London to care for the children of eccentric Bohemians and finding an identity she never could have pictures in the meantime. Insanely funny, full of London literati gossip, this book is deceptively light: in fact, it reminds us that becoming yourself is always a messy messy business.
I love chronicles of the late 60s and early 70s: It was a uniquely tumultuous cultural moment that somehow continues to surprise me no matter how much history I read about it. For example, in 1974, there were 2,044 bombings and 24 deaths as a result of those bombings. That's the year Patty Hearst was kidnapped, and that statistic comes from the new book about her kidnapping by reporter Jeffrey Toobin, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst. Hearst's story, which was genuinely a bizarre, prolonged episode, is told with humor and verve here. For fans of true crime, rich people things, and dysfunctional, bumbling revolutionaries.