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    I enjoyed the style in which this was written kind of felt to me like a well written historical novel but it’s non fiction instead It starts out with a family tree showing the major players the patriarch the Co

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    New York Times reporter Janny Scott grew up not understanding that the 800 acre family pile on the Philadelphia Main Line w

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    Oy What a numbing catalog of wealth and power Reading this was like being caught in a relentless avalanche of famous names I suppose Janny Scott in writing this monument to her family's historyhoped to extend its glamor for one generation but really who but she cares about these long dead debs and their boozy beaux She compares her grandmother to Eloise of the Plaza sorry Janny your granny hadn't an ounce of

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    I will read any book about the Kennedys and similarly any book about a well known Gilded Age type family Scott's m

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    I really wanted to like this book but really really didn’t Too many people from too many generations and the author hops f

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    Actual rating 25 starsEnjoyed this for the Main Line history but felt the story could have been condensed considerably

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    Were your parents happy when you were growing up If you find when you're an adult that there is evidence lots of it to support a decidedly non affirmative answer to the uestion how do you accept it and move on That's Janny Scott's uest in this gutsy remarkable memoirScott sets out to understand why her father drank hims

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    We hear a lot these days about “the 1%” those Americans who are wealthier than 99% of the nation’s population Janny Scott a New York Time

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    Here’s an interesting biography of Robert Montgomery Scott written by his daughter Janny Scott It’s actually a family history spanning four generations of a wealthy family that settled on what’s called the Main Line outside of Philadelphia In the early 1900s Janny Scott’s great grandfather acuired over 800 acres of rolling land in Radnor Pennsylvania named it Ardrossan and built a stone mansion plus many other luxurious homes farm b

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    Second half about her dad better than the first half about the ancestors although I get that she feels it's all connected She tries to seem very matter of fact about the vast wealth amassed by her ancestors but that part feels a little forced to me She writes vividly about her dad and his struggle though no self pity on his end which is a admirable trait of that class and generation

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR A poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and decaylike something out of Fitzgerald or Waugh The New YorkerA parable for the new age of ineuality part family history part detective story part history of a vanishing class and a vividly compelling exploration of the degree to which an inheritance financial cultural genetic conspired in one person's self destructionLand houses and money tumbled from one generation to the next on the eight hundred acre estate built by Scott's investment banker great g New York Times reporter Janny Scott grew up not understanding that the 800 acre family pile on the Philadelphia Main Line was extraordinary Her grandmother the inspiration for Katherine Hepburn s character in the Philadelphia Story and grandfather both were the scion of robber baron fortunes The memoir is thoughtful and well written enjoyable in its way as the view out the window out of the Main Line itself Such excess Such wealth So many personalities I might have liked a tighter thematic focus I wasn t sure whose story Scott was meaning to tell though it all comes down to the inadeuacies of money to solve family trouble

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Randmother Helen Hope Scott a socialite and celebrated horsewoman said to have inspired Katherine Hepburn's character in the play and Academy Award winning film The Philadelphia Story For others including the author's father she concludes the impact was complexBringing her journalistic talents light touch and crystalline prose to this powerful story of a child's search to understand a parent's puzzling end Scott also raises uestions about our new Gilded Age New fortunes are being amassed new estates are being born Does anyone wonder how it will all play out one hundred years henc We hear a lot these days about the 1% those Americans who are wealthier than 99% of the nation s population Janny Scott a New York Times reporter who has also written a biography of Barack Obama s mother knows about this group from the inside because she grew up in a family that was definitely part of the 1% the MontgomeryScott clan of Villanova Pennsylvania in the posh Philadelphia suburbs known as the Main Line In 1909 Janny s great grandfather Col R L Montgomery an investment banker purchased about 800 acres of land along the Main Line and built a 50 room 33000 suare foot mansion there that he called Ardrossan after his family s hometown in Scotland In the decades that followed Ardrossan and its numerous outbuildings became the home to several generations of Montgomery descendants including the Colonel s eldest daughter Helen Hope Montgomery who was Janny s grandmother Helen Hope married railroad heir Edgar Scott and they became leading society figures of their day with friends who included novelist John O Hara and playwright Philip Barry Barry a Harvard classmate of Edgar s dedicated his play The Philadelphia Story to Hope and Edgar Scott and he clearly based the play s setting on the Ardrossan estate Hope herself is often claimed to be the inspiration for its heroine Tracy Lord but her granddaughter who knew her well feels that Tracy was really based on the actress for whom she was written Katharine Hepburn also a friend of the Scotts It would appear that these people had everything they needed to make their lives satisfying and successful wealth intelligence good looks and a beautiful place to live Indeed Hope and Edgar seem to have had very happy lives during the 70 years they were married aside from an infidelity or misunderstanding here and there So why did their younger son Robert Montgomery Bobby Scott who also spent most of his life living at Ardrossan wind up drinking himself to death in spite of looks charm a law career and a very successful 14 year stint as president of the Philadelphia Museum of Art That s what Janny his daughter sets out to discover in this penetrating look at her family s legacy and what it did to Bobby Scott It was no secret to his wife and children that Bobby kept a journal for most of his adult life but he never left it lying around for others to read his daughter admits that she would have done so if given the opportunity When she was a young woman he told her that he was leaving her his journals because she was the writer in the family but at the time of his death their whereabouts were unknown It was not until several years later that Janny discovered them packed neatly away in a closet and read them from beginning to end She discovered that the father she idolized as a child and young woman was from at least his mid 20s deeply dissatisfied with his life He felt he d taken the wrong career path married the wrong woman but also felt powerless to break free from the choices dictated by his heritage and wealth As the years passed drinking increasingly served as a means of escape from his sense of hopelessness and even a family intervention and a stint in rehab could not permanently alter the trajectory his life had takenWhile Bobby Scott s troubling story forms the center of this narrative his daughter uses her journalistic research skills to objectively examine other family members and how enormous wealth influenced their lives The book s title refers to Bobby s position as one of the six beneficiaries of the Ardrossan estate trust but Janny Scott also sees her entire family as beneficiaries of a heritage that gave them options unavailable to others but also came with challenging obligations and expectationsReviewed by Robert Anderson Librarian Literature Fiction Department

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Randfather on Philadelphia's Main Line There was an obligation to protect it a license to enjoy it a duty to pass it on but it was impossible to know in advance how all that extraordinary good fortune might influence the choices made over a lifetimeIn this warmly felt tale of an American family's fortunes journalist Janny Scott excavates the rarefied world that shaped her charming unknowable father Robert Montgomery Scott and provides an incisive look at the weight of inheritance the tenacity of addiction and the power of buried secretsSome beneficiaries flourished like Scott's g I really wanted to like this book but really really didn t Too many people from too many generations and the author hops from one to another before skipping back two generations or forward three I needed a family tree But everything is listed the wardrobe the food at a meal the books in the library I just didn t care and still don t Wouldn t recommend