Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Req: Phantom of 5th Ave

I don't need a New Year or a birthday to set new goals for myself. I want to read more and worry less. Cheers to my book req lists:) ps. subscribe here!

I have to start out with The Phantom of Fifth Ave written by Meryl Gordon. Besides the Society Girl chapter and the allure of Fifth Ave, high society galas, and unimaginable riches, the book is a detailed biography of Huguette Clark, the daughter of William A. Clark, once the second richest man in the world. Huguette, had inherited hundreds of millions from her father and was the last to die at 104. She actually died in 2011!

However, the world did not know much about Huguette Clark because in the last 20 years of her life she decided to live in recluse, in a hospital room with no windows, while her mansions remained empty. Meryl Gordon dissects Huguette's personal life to get to bottom of why she chose to spend half of her life sheltered from other people when she could have had anything she ever wanted. ANYTHING. 

I loved the book because it shows the tremendous research about Huguette Clark, but also displays the side of people we rarely get to see. Huguette had access to all the Cartier and Hermes, she was invited to all the balls and galas, she could attend any fashion shows. She could do anything she wanted. Yet, with all the money in the world, it wasn't enough. This book made me question - is our quest for riches ultimately going to make us happy? Or is this biography of Huguette a glimpse into the true despair and destruction of money. 

5 stars. One of the best books I've read in a while. Grab it here