Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is on my favorite genre. I don’t really have one, but have enjoyed many novels imagining the lives of real people, so I’m using those. They are not in any ranked order. I recommend these authors–I’ve forced myself to only list one book from each author. I also did my best not to have this be the “disgrunted/done-wrong wives” book list, too.

1. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

I LOVED this book! It may even have been my gateway book to this genre. Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney come truly alive in this book.

2. Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert

I greatly preferred this one to the rival Eleanor novel that appeared soon after.   You can read my review here.

3. Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel by C.W. Gortner

Who doesn’t love Chanel’s style? This book wasn’t as good as many others on this list, but I still enjoyed it.  You can read my review here.

3. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Hemingway as a husband was not a success. This book, however, is a great success. In fact, it gave me my worst “Book Hangover” of the year! I just couldn’t leave it behind. Even knowing the outcome from the beginning, I still ached for Hadley.

4. Mr. Emerson’s Wife by Amy Belding Brown

Great philosophers don’t necessarily make great husnbands, either.

5. Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Another famous writer who wasn’t much of a husband.

6. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

Scott and Zelda were at least in love! But Zelda’s mental illness made their lives so fractured at times.

7. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Anne Neville–what a life! The House of Tudor and Plantagenet are not just names in the murky mists of time in these books. Before the tv series was this great book series. I accidentally got this one when I was desperate for an audio. It was fabulous. I intend to read them all eventually.

8. The Killer Angels by Michael Sahara

The Civil War told magnificently thru the eyes of the commanders. The movie, Gettysburg, is almost as good as the book.

9.  The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Truman Capote and his Swans. You can read my review here.

10. The Editor by Steven Rowley

A very believable Jackie O interacts with a young author. You can read my review here.


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl--here’s a link to the rules. Why not join in the fun next week?

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre

  1. The Paris Wife sounds amazing. I didn’t know Hemingway ever even got married. He didn’t seem like spouse material at all, to be perfectly honest.

    My TTT.

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  2. Interesting topic. I’m currently enjoying My Dearest Dietrich — although it’s a bit slow (30% in) I’m thinking things will pick up. I think you have a good point that many artsy guys don’t make great husbands. I would probably love The Paris Wife — I liked Love and Ruin, which I see is by the same author, about another of Hemingway’s wives.


    1. I’ve seen them, but haven’t read one yet. To be ho est, I’ve just read that one. I tried another, but it was too soon and felt like a re-run, lol. I will get them all read thoughThey are fascinating.


  3. I wouldn’t have thought about using this as a genre, but I love these books too, v. cool! Loving Frank was fascinating and intense, I also found The Psris Wife was a juicy read. Did you read Circling the Sun? Another interesting life of a famous-by-association figure. I need to get back into these books, one of my favorites to read. I also recommend Blood, Water Paint about painter Artemesia Gentileschi, it’s in verse but is a super quick eye-opening read.

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