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Bunny Mellon : the life of an American style legend

by Gordon, Meryl,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 17 Libraries 17 of 18 copies
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Avalon Public Library Biographies 92 MEL
Location  Avalon Public Library
Collection  Biographies
Call Number  92 MEL
Brentwood Library Nonfiction 629.45 Gordon
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Nonfiction
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Mellon
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  92 Mellon
CLP - East Liberty Biographies CT275.M469122 G67 2017
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Collection  Biographies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction CT275.M469122 G67 2017
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Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Non-Fiction Collection CT275.M469122 G67 2017
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Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 92 Mell
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Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  92 Mell
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Biography B M488
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Collection  Biography
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 361.7409 Gor
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  361.7409 Gor
Northland Public Library Biography B MELLON
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B MELLON
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 MELLON Bunny
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  92 MELLON Bunny
Sewickley Public Library Biography B MELLON 2017
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B MELLON 2017
Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 MELLON
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 MELLON
South Park Library Nonfiction 361.7409 GOR
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  361.7409 GOR
Upper St. Clair Township Library Biography & Memoir 92 MELLON Bunny
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Biography & Memoir
Call Number  92 MELLON Bunny
Whitehall Public Library Biography Collection BIOG 92 Mellon, Bunny
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Biography Collection
Call Number  BIOG 92 Mellon, Bunny
Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 92 MEL 2017
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  92 MEL 2017
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Collection  Non-fiction
A biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion.

Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Journalist Gordon, author of Mrs. Astor Regrets (2008) and The Phantom of Fifth Avenue (2014), again fascinatingly chronicles the remarkable life of an elite twentieth-century American woman. Born Rachel Lambert in 1910, Bunny, as she was always known, lived to be 103, and live she did. Her first marriage irreparably damaged during WWII, in 1948 Bunny married heir and philanthropist Paul Mellon, with whom she shared a voracious appetite for collecting art. For years, Bunny spent the equivalent of $1 million annually on a Balenciaga wardrobe while she collected homes, all fully staffed, in Virginia, Cape Cod, Antigua, New York, Nantucket, and Paris. But it was Bunny's abiding love for nature and gardening, nursed from childhood, that would remain her greatest joy and the showcase for her unrivaled talent. Close companion to Jackie Kennedy, Bunny designed the White House Rose Garden in 1961 and experienced the ensuing turbulent years alongside her friend. Readers interested in gardening, art, and interior design will drool over Bunny's fine tastes, and her ease at fulfilling every one of them, but all lovers of biographies will marvel at Gordon's portrayal of Bunny's long life, and the significant figures who buzzed in and out of it.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gordon (Mrs. Astor Regrets) illuminates the virtues and contradictions of socialite Bunny Mellon (1910-2014) in this entertaining tell-all chronicle. Making use of newly available private papers, Gordon paints her subject as an entitled woman with a green thumb and a complex patriotic streak. Over the course of the book, the Listerine-fortune heiress, born Rachel Loew Lambert, evolves from shy schoolmate of interior designer Sister Parish at Foxcroft preparatory school to staunch Democrat and "first friend" during Camelot's heyday to a centenarian planning her own funeral, with a role for Bette Midler singing "The Rose." (When the time came, Midler complied.) Mellon's most celebrated attribute-her aptitude for landscaping-resulted in a request from Pres. John F. Kennedy to design the White House Rose Garden. She had many contradictions. While she flaunted her friendship with Hubert de Givenchy, an overtly gay fashion designer, it took decades for her to accept her daughter's sexual orientation. Despite her generosity to such public figures as John Edwards-she donated millions to his 2008 presidential bid-she wrote a parsimonious will that disappointed her heirs. Gordon peppers the book with interviews with intimates of Mellon's such as her goddaughter Caroline Kennedy, who recalls that Mellon "and Mummy [Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis] were best of friends... with their own special language." The result is a juicy behind-the-scenes tale of American aristocracy. Photos. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Mellon, Paul, -- Mrs.
Upper class women -- United States -- Biography.
Gardeners -- United States -- Biography.
Women gardeners -- United States -- Biography.
Philanthropists -- United States -- Biography.
Women philanthropists -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "Biography."
Description ix, 516 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 495-497) and index.
ISBN 9781455588749
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