“Hot Type: Meryl Gordon haunts heiress Huguette Clark turned recluse in The Phantom of Fifth Avenue.”
“Meticulously researched, Gordon’s account catalogues every juicy detail and eccentricity amassed over a century….a rigorous authoritative account of a 20th century enigma.”
“Insightful and intriguing, Gordon’s book offers a rare glimpse into a privileged world—and twisted personal psychology—beyond imagining.”
“A well-rounded portrait of an eccentric and talented woman who chose to go her own way….A perfect choice for the Grey Gardens set.”
“The Best Books of 2014: Stranger than Fiction: Offering a glimpse into a privileged world, this biography explores the life of young socialite Huguette Clark and her eventual withdrawal from society.”
“VERDICT: An engrossing account for those interested in the lengths that family, professionals, and others will go to appropriate the wealth of a seemingly desolate heiress.”
“….a true and riveting account”
“Meryl Gordon….paints a human, often heartbreaking portrait of the woman behind the legend. “
“And Meryl Gordon delivers quite a page-turner for this true-life mystery.”
“Meryl Gordon glories in Huguette Clark’s eccentricities.”
“Meryl Gordon faced two obstacles….that might have deterred a less tenacious journalist.”
“Meryl Gordon: Getting the story wasn’t easy.”
“Meryl Gordon’s new biography describes in detail how Huguette Clark’s lifelong fear of being taken advantage of by her relatives freed her to be taken advantage of by various caretakers…”
“In a book for fans of the Mitfords and the debutante era, Gordon succeeds in bringing the phantom to life.”
The Weekly Standard in a review so insightful that it might almost prompt liberals to subscribe described the book as “a fascinating story of the problems that bedevil all the most interesting families: mismatched kinship and thwarted affection.” (Alas, most of the Judy Bachrach review requires a subscription to the conservative magazine).
The Associated Press in a review that was published in many newspapers talked about Meryl Gordon’s “remarkable amount of access” and said that the interviews provide “an enthralling and rare look” at this blue-blood family in turmoil.
The New York Times in a daily review by Janet Maslin declared that “Ms. Gordon walks her readers through a schadenfreude-filled wonderland.”
The Washington Post described this “painstakingly researched account” as “riveting.” (Earlier, People magazine used the same Rosie the Riveter adjective in recommending Mrs. Astor Regrets). There is also a Washington Post podcast interview with Meryl Gordon.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune review talked about Meryl Gordon’s “elegant familiarity” with a family “as royal as the ancient Greeks, but not as remote.”
Sandra McElwaine began her Washington Times review by calling the book, “A saga about sex, avarice, jealousy, betrayal, infidelity, alcoholism, social position, gossip, power, vanity and ultimately money – lots of it.”
And finally Newsday in a balanced review said that “Gordon is an excellent reporter, and she presents every angle and every player’s back story in this sad saga about `money substituting for love.'”
The Observer praises “Mrs. Astor Regrets” as a “comprehensive account of one of the most bizarre family sagas in the recent history of New York.”