The Barbizon

Paulina Bren's The Barbizon, profiling Manhattan's trend-setting escape for career-minded women, is essential feminist history. That makes it sounds dry though, which it most decidedly is not. Readers will learn juicy stories from its famous residents--most notably Molly Brown, Sylvia Plath, and Joan Didion. Bren's narrative also charts a changing country through the stories of women such as Barbara Chase-Riboud, visual artist and writer and one of the first African-Americans allowed in the once exclusive club of Mademoiselle guest editors famously lodged in the hotel. Finally, The Barbizon offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most elite options for ambitious women who didn't want marriage as their only option. This is a fascinating read! Recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9781982123895
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

From award-winning author Paulina Bren comes the first history of New York’s most famous residential hotel—The Barbizon—and the remarkable women who lived there.


Liberated from home and hearth by World War I, politically enfranchised and ready to work, women arrived to take their place in the dazz