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.