Them A Memoir of Parents Author:Francine du Plessix Gray At the height of their fame, Alexander Liberman and Tatiana du Plessix Gray were the grandest power couple in the New York City fashion world, gifted Russian émigrés who consorted with Dali and Dietrich and told American women how to look, where to travel, and what to read. As told by their daughter, the distinguished writer Francine du Plessix ... more »Gray, their saga combines romance, glamour, and pathos. Their adulation for success was as obsessive as their fierce, neurotic love for each other, and they treated everyone else?including Francine?with ruthless opportunism. Them is a work of Tolstoyan emotional power as well as a brilliant social history of its subjects? age.« less
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This is a fabulous memoir...so beautifully written - almost from the viewpoint of a psychologist rather than a loving daughter via Gray's incredibly honest story of her parents and their privileged lives. I could not put this book down; I loved the inside look of Manhattan's fashion and literary worlds from the 50's on up. Historically spellbinding as Gray takes us from her parents' lives from post-revolutionary Russia to Europe during WWI and WWII, to the United States. Gray tries to interpret the convoluted relationships of her brilliant parents and their relationships with not only herself but with their friends. There are many many famous people who walked through her life - Marlena Dietrich for one. Fascinating book.