• La dame du Ritz

    Mélanie Benjamin

    Rien ne peut arriver au Ritz : dans ce temple du luxe qui autorise les caprices les plus farfelus, le prestige protège de tout. Même du pire, pense-t-on avant que l'armée allemande n'occupe Paris en juin 1940. Les hauts dignitaires nazis, dont Hermann Gring, investissent l'hôtel ; les portiers élégants sont remplacés par des soldats aux portes d'entrée. L'insouciance cède à la peur. Pour Blanche Auzello, l'épouse du directeur du Ritz, cette réalité est insupportable. La Dame du Ritz, une américaine rebelle et intrépide, n'est pas femme à se résigner. Mais comment faire ? Dans le palace où le bruit des bottes étouffe désormais les rires, Blanche comprend que sa seule issue est le mensonge. D'autant qu'elle cache  un secret qui pourrait mettre sa vie et celle de son époux en danger, mais aussi ternir la légende du Ritz...Avec le talent qui a fait le succès des Cygnes de la Cinquième avenue, Melanie Benjamin, s'inspirant de faits réels, nous plonge dans les coulisses du Ritz sous l'Occupation avec ce roman étincelant, portrait d'une femme inoubliable.

  • Avec sa silhouette svelte et ses beaux yeux noirs, Babe Paley est la plus recherchée des « cygnes de la Cinquième Avenue », ces femmes de la haute société new-yorkaise des années 1950. Son atout, indéfinissable, est son style. Celle qui incarne l'élégance et ne fréquente que l'élite, des Stuyvesant aux Vanderbilt, fait souvent la une de Vogue, ajoutant une touche glamour à un tableau déjà parfait.
    Mais ce que personne ne voit, c'est le sentiment de solitude qu'elle laisse dans son sillage, en dépit de sa fortune, de ses nombreuses résidences, de ses enfants, de son mari riche et puissant. Jusqu'au jour où Truman Capote surgit dans sa vie.
    Leur amitié est instantanée et fulgurante. Babe trouve chez l'écrivain prodige, aussi génial qu'extravagant, la passion qui manquait à sa vie. Grâce à elle, Truman accède à cette haute société qui le fascine tant. Mais aussi à ses secrets, ses rumeurs et ses scandales, y puisant son inspiration, au risque de trahir son amitié avec Babe...
    « Melanie Benjamin raconte avec un talent inégalable l'histoire de celles qu'on appelait les Cygnes - les femmes les plus en vue de la haute société new-yorkaise des années 1950 - et l'amitié scandaleuse et stupéfiante entre le légendaire écrivain Truman Capote et la fascinante femme du monde qu'était Babe Paley. » New York Times

  • Lorsque la jeune et timide Anne Spencer Morrow fait la connaissance du célèbre aviateur Charles Lindbergh, dont toutes les femmes rêvent, elle n'imagine pas une seconde pouvoir le séduire. C'est pourtant elle qu'il choisit le jour même pour l'accompagner dans un vol de nuit mystérieux.
    Un vol décisif. Car non seulement le héros la demande en mariage, mais elle devient bientôt une aviatrice confirmée, doublée d'une exploratrice. Avec son mari, en effet, elle défriche des terres vierges dans les cinq continents pour ouvrir des voies aériennes.
    Mais cette belle aventure a ses revers. Car Anne est aussi une épouse blessée, et une mère à jamais meurtrie par l'enlèvement de son premier bébé, dont elle ne cessera de pleurer la disparition tout en élevant avec courage et amour ses cinq autres enfants.
    Féministe et écrivaine reconnue, sensible mais solide à travers les épreuves, Anne Morrow Lindbergh s'est battue pour affirmer son existence de femme libre.
    Ce roman la fait enfin sortir de l'ombre.

  • Frances Marion a tout quitté pour suivre sa vocation : écrire des histoires pour un nouvel art, qui consiste à projeter des images en mouvement sur un écran. Mary Pickord est une actrice dont les boucles blondes et la grâce juvénile lui valent déjà le surnom de « La petite fiancée de l'Amérique ». Toutes deux vont nouer une amitié hors norme et participer à cette révolution qu'est la naissance du cinéma. Mais, dans un monde dominé par les hommes, on voit d'un mauvais oeil l'ambition et l'indépendance de ces deux femmes...Plongée au coeur de l'industrie naissante du septième art, Hollywood Boulevard retrace le destin de deux grandes figures oubliées du cinéma. Avec le talent qui a fait le succès des Cygnes de la Cinquième Avenue, Melanie Benjamin restitue l'atmosphère étourdissante des célèbres studios, mais aussi ses drames et ses injustices.

  • BONUS: This edition contains a timeline, an interview with Melanie Benjamin, and an excerpt from Melanie Benjamin's Alice I Have Been.
    For anyone who loves the historical novels of Sara Gruen, Geraldine Brooks, and E. L. Doctorow, a barnstorming tale of an irrepressible, brawling, bawdy era and the remarkable woman who had the courage to match the unique spirit of America’s Gilded Age.
    She was only two feet, eight inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and became the world’s most unexpected celebrity. Vinnie’s wedding captivated the nation, preempted coverage of the Civil War, and even ushered her into the White House. But her fame also endangered the person she prized most: her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams--and whose story will surely win over yours.
    Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.

  • BONUS: This edition contains an Alice I Have Been discussion guide and an excerpt from Melanie Benjamin's The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb.
    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.
    But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?
    Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.
    That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.
    For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.
    A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

  • In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
    “The history [is] exhilarating. . . . The Aviator’s Wife soars.”--USA Today
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
    When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
    Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
    Praise for The Aviator’s Wife
    “Remarkable . . . The Aviator’s Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh’s life with her famous husband.”--The Denver Post
    “Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.”--USA Today
    “[This novel] will fascinate history buffs and surprise those who know of her only as ‘the aviator’s wife.’ ”--People
    “It’s hard to quit reading this intimate historical fiction.”--The Dallas Morning News
    “Fictional biography at its finest.”--Booklist (starred review)
    “Utterly unforgettable.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
    “An intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow.”--The Washington Post
    “A story of both triumph and pain that will take your breath away.”--Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker

  • @20@Melanie Benjamin introduces readers to the lavish, heady world of her novel @18@The Swans of Fifth Avenue @19@with this exclusive ebook short story! In this enchanting prequel, New York society and Hollywood royalty collide during the doomed and decadent life of Ernest Hemingway.@21@@16@ @95@#160;@16@ Spain, 1959. Slim Hawks Hayward likes to think she doesn@12@t get jealous. But when her dear friend Lauren @95@ldquo;Betty@95@rdquo; Bacall learns that Papa Hemingway has come to watch the bullfights and insists that Slim make introductions, she can@12@t help feeling protective. Slim has known Papa for years. He always makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the room@95@mdash;even when his wife is standing right beside him. Truth be told, Slim could have learned to love him all those years ago, in the streets of Havana or the mountains of the American West. Now, Slim is sure that Papa will fall for Betty. What she doesn@12@t anticipate is the feeling that Papa himself has changed@95@mdash;and their relationship will never be the same.@16@ @95@#160;@16@ @20@Features a captivating preview of Melanie Benjamin@12@s highly anticipated novel @18@The Swans of Fifth Avenue@19@!@21@@16@ @95@#160;@16@ @20@Advance praise for Melanie Benjamin@12@s @18@The Swans of Fifth Avenue@19@@21@@16@ @20@@95@#160;@21@@16@ @95@ldquo;The strange and fascinating relationship between Truman Capote and his @13@swans@12@ is wonderfully reimagined in this engrossing novel. It@12@s a credit to Benjamin that we end up caring so much for these women of power, grace, and beauty@95@mdash;and for Capote, too.@95@rdquo;@20@@95@mdash;Sara Gruen,@18@ New York Time@19@s bestselling author of@18@ Water for Elephants@19@@21@@16@ @20@@18@@95@#160;@19@@21@@16@ @95@ldquo;A delicious tale . . . Melanie Benjamin has turned Truman Capote@12@s greatest scandal into your next must-read book-club selection.@95@rdquo;@20@@95@mdash;Jamie Ford, @18@New York Times@19@ bestselling author of @18@Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet@19@@21@@16@ @20@@95@#160;@21@@16@ @95@ldquo;Reading@18@ The Swans of Fifth Avenue@19@ is like being ushered into a party where you@12@re offered champagne and fed the sumptuous secrets of New York@12@s elite@95@mdash;without having to pay the price afterward. The swans are outmatched only by the elegance of Melanie Benjamin@12@s prose@95@mdash;captivatingly earnest and sophisticated.@95@rdquo;@20@@95@mdash;Vanessa Diffenbaugh@18@, New York Times@19@ bestselling author of@18@ The Language of Flowers@19@@21@@16@ @20@@95@#160;@21@@16@ @95@ldquo;Benjamin convincingly portrays a large cast of colorful historical figures while crafting a compelling, gossipy narrative with rich emotional depth.@95@rdquo;@20@@95@mdash;@18@Library Journal@19@@21@

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s--and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
    People’s Book of the Week • USA Today’s #1 “New and Noteworthy” Book • Entertainment Weekly’s Must List • LibraryReads Top Ten Pick
    Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends--the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman--a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.
    Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller--even when the stories aren’t his to tell.
    Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America’s most sumptuous eras.
    Praise for The Swans of Fifth Avenue
    “Exceptional storytelling . . . teeming with scandal, gossip and excitement.”--Harper’s Bazaar
    “This moving fictionalization brings the whole cast of characters back to vivid life. Gossipy and fun, it’s also a nuanced look at the beauty and cruelty of a rarefied, bygone world.”--People
    “The era and the sordid details come back to life in this jewel of a novel.”--O: The Oprah Magazine
    “A catty, juicy read that’s like a three-martini lunch.”--USA Today
    “[Captures] the mesmerizing sparkle and scandal of New York high society in the 1950s.”--Chicago Tribune
    “Tantalizing . . . Readers will fall into a world of glitz, glamour and the exciting life of the rich and famous. The details and conversations are so rich, you may forget you're reading a novel.”--Associated Press
    “Highly entertaining.”--The Washington Post
    “Take Gossip Girl and move it to the 50s.”--theSkimm
    “The strange and fascinating relationship between Capote and his ‘swans’ is wonderfully reimagined in this engrossing novel”--Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
    “Your next must-read book-club selection.”--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • “Girls could not be more timely--or troubling--about the treatment of women in the workplace. . . . [A] rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies.”--USA Today
    “One of the pleasures of The Girls in the Picture is its no-males-necessary alliance of two determined females--#TimesUp before its time.”--NPR
    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife, a fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends--screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford
    It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”--the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.
    In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.
    But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender--and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world’s highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.
    With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering new era--its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.

  • Conceived as an emotional structure, , Mélanie Matranga's exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo is intentionally equivocal. Its very titlein Mandarinputs us in an awkward situation, just as when we need to ask a stranger our way in an unknown city, or when we have to admit our inability to understand a message before being even able to start a conversation. Mélanie Matranga combines in her exhibition signs that reflect upon interiority with elements linked to social attitudes and habits. We find ourselves amid familiar objects and generic forms, in situations where self-expression, paradoxically, is possible only once identity is lost. They are places to be alone with others.

    Book contents
    - Complex or Complicated: A conversation between Mélanie Matranga, Thomas Boutoux and Benjamin Thorel.
    - Speaking and Cursing in Song: An essay by Delphine Manetta.
    - Into Words, Into Action: An essay by Julien Mahon.

    About the authors
    - Thomas Boutoux and Benjamin Thorel are the curators of Mélanie Matranga's solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo.
    - Delphine Manetta is an ethnologist.
    - Julien Mahon is a cinema critic.

    Book published on the occasion of Mélanie Matranga's solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, , 21.10 2015 10.01 2016

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