Off the Shelves – April 21

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“The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Benjamin

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazed brighter than Babe Paley.

Her face regularly graced the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her style and taste, especially among her socialite friends, the Swans.

Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter.

Through Babe, Truman gains entry into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite and unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle.


“The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas,” by Alison Weir

Margaret Douglas, niece to Henry VIII of England, used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence succession to the throne after the death of Elizabeth I.

Royal Tudor blood in her veins, Margaret’s life was steeped in intrigue, drama and tragedy from her birth in 1530 to her parents’ bitter divorce, from her love affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry’s six wives.

Margaret was instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of England for her grandson, James VI.

Audio Book

“The Forgotten Room,” by Lincoln Child

Jeremy Logan, an “enigmalogist” who specializes in solving supernatural problems, receives an urgent summons from the director of Lux, a respected think tank.

One of Lux’s most distinguished doctors violently attacked his assistant before ending his own life. Shaken by the incident and the evidence left behind from the doctor’s final project, Lux fears there is something sinister occurring within its walls and looks to Logan to investigate. He quickly makes a surprising discovery in a dormant wing of the estate.

He uncovers a secret room, untouched for decades. The room is a time capsule, filled with eerie machinery and obscure references to a top-secret experiment known as “Project S.”

As Logan unravels its meaning, he begins to understand why the project was suddenly abandoned.