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A whirlwind look at the luxury-filled life of Marjorie Post, Pataki's book takes us from Post's early childhood with her struggling parents, through the rise of her family's industry and wealth, and in and out of four wildly different marriages. Pataki makes the interesting choice to present everything with a similar weight, such that her lightly fictionalized version of Post tosses off laundry lists of her expensive treasures or famous friends with the same breezy quality she enters or exits a marriage, has a child, or announces a war has begun or ended. Post's father dies in a page. She falls in love in a page. She buys her next yacht or finds her husband cheating in a page. We rarely settle into a scene and we often end a chapter as soon as a major event has occurred, such that we skip over Post's reaction, creating a read with a distinct emotional remove. I'd be curious to read another account that's more selective with the story, so the events depicted had more room to breathe and the characters had more space to grapple with grief or desire. Or an account that focuses on a specific tension in Post's life, such as the differences in how she approached business vs. marriage, or how she enjoyed luxury but also engaged in significant philanthropy, or how she found her own version of leadership during years when she had to cede so much leadership to men. There's so much material and there are so many ways into this story. This particular version gives us a broad sweep of Post's life as a daughter, wife, and mother with an emphasis on the famous people she encountered, the homes she had built, and the belongings she amassed throughout her lifetime.
This book is a mix of historical fiction and biography of Post Foods heir Marjorie Merriweather Post. I found this book informative and fascinating. I loved how the book showed Marjorie going through difficult times in the world, The Civil War, WWI, The Great Depression and WWII! She is an extraordinary woman of strength, heart and good character. I loved learning about her and her life and all the wonderful things she's done. The writing was very descriptive and it was easy to put myself there in the times. I think I would have loved being friends with Marjorie if I were to meet her. What an interesting character from history that I previously knew nothing about.
Fascinating travel through time with the brilliant, determined, feminist Marjorie Post. Every other page revealed another amazing fact about her life. Right now, this world could use a few more folks like Marjorie Post. We could all use this book as inspiration.
What an interesting book! I loved this read. I knew the name ‘Marjorie Merriweather Post’, but did not know anything about her. Her life, while certainly having it’s share of heartache and problems, was most extraordinary. Wealth like hers is something that I cannot even conceive of, let alone dream about. So incredibly over the top. I think, for a woman of her time, she was a trailblazer and an exemplary role model. She lived a life of privilege, philanthropy and excess, but she did so much for so many too. She tried to use her wealth for good which I certainly find to be a plus!
Well written, well paced and a great page turner read!
Marjorie’s long life spanned many changes in our world and she was very involved. Her INCREDIBLE wealth allowed her to access possessions, have access to people in high places, and give generously. This story followed her from “rags to riches” and gives us a “birdseye” view into a fascinating and an influential woman. This book is well researched.
Slow to start, this book is great for romantics and history lovers alike. It gives a wonderful perspective of the twentieth century, as Marjorie Post lived to see the invention of the car, vaccines, woman’s suffrage, and civil rights. Multiple wars, and lots of traveling, she saw the brightest and ugliest parts of the world. This was interesting chapter to chapter.