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Posted August 17, 2011
I try to finish the books I start, which was about the only reason for finishing this one. I had high expectations -- not only because the reviews were good but because the subject matter is one of the richest in American music history. Mr. Kastin's book is meticulously researched, but I found reading it surprisingly tedious. Maybe it's because the life of a truly self-effacing muse is low on drama. Or maybe it's because, as Mr. Kastin observes toward the end, "As with so many details of the Baroness' life, one confronts the frustrating reality that for the most part, those who say don't know, and those who know don't say." Still, for a woman who had up to 100 cats and left all but one of her children while befriending strangers, the continued silence of her family may be more damaging than the truth.
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Posted July 25, 2011
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