The Astor Orphan: A Memoir

The Astor Orphan: A Memoir

Alexandra Aldrich


The Astor Orphan is an unflinching debut memoir by way of an immediate descendant of John Jacob Astor, Alexandra Aldrich.

She brilliantly tells the tale of her eccentric, fractured relations; her Eighties adolescence of bohemian forget within the squalid attic of Rokeby, the family’s Hudson Valley Mansion; and her courageous break out from the extended family. Aldrich reaches again to the Gilded Age while the Astor legacy started to come undone, leaving the Aldrich department of the relations penniless and squabbling over what was once left.

Illustrated with black-and-white pictures that carry this pale global into concentration, The Astor Orphan is written with the grit of The Glass fort and set amid the aristocratic decay of Grey Gardens.

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