A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations

A House Full of Daughters A Memoir of Seven Generations A family memoir that traces the myths legends and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women All families have their myths and legends For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers the dangerou

  • Title: A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations
  • Author: Juliet Nicolson
  • ISBN: 9780374172459
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women.All families have their myths and legends For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great great grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother VitaA family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women.All families have their myths and legends For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great great grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville West, her mother s Tory conventional background But then Juliet, a distinguished historian, started to question As she did so, she sifted fact from fiction, uncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight.A House Full of Daughters takes us through seven generations of women In the nineteenth century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin de siecle Washington D.C an English boarding school during the Second World War, Chelsea in the 1960s, the knife edge that was New York City in the 1980s, these women emerge for Juliet as people in their own right, but also as part of who she is and where she has come from.A House Full of Daughters is one woman s investigation into the nature of family, memory, and the past As Juliet finds uncomfortable patterns reflected in these distant and recent versions of herself, she realizes her challenge is to embrace the good and reject the hazards that have trapped past generations From Farrar, Straus and Giroux s Official Summary via Macmillan

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    1. Juliet Nicolson has written some excellent books, including two works of history, “The Perfect Summer” and “The Great Silence,” plus a novel, “Abdication.” However, in this new book she turns her attention to her own family history and what a family it is . The granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, daughter of Nigel Nicolson and sister of the historian Adam Nicolson, she comes from a great literary heritage; as well as having the shadow of the great family estates [...]

    2. This book does two things. It covers the biographies of eight generations of women in the author's family as well as offering a close study of the frequently fraught mother- daughter relationship all women recognize. It starts with the mother of the author's great-great-grandmother, who was born in 1830. It concludes with the author's own granddaughter born in the second decade of the 21st Century. By studying these women what do we learn? Mistakes are repeated. To some extent the author is writ [...]

    3. I loved this sweep through history told through the singular lives of the women of the author's family. Each woman's life is described in just a couple of chapters, so that I never found myself getting too bored by mundane details. Juliet Nicolson does a wonderful job of placing these women in their exact time and place while also uncovering the major and more universal themes of their lives. She examines the characters lovingly and forgives them their faults. When she tells her own story, the a [...]

    4. I've read two history books by Juliet Nicolson and enjoyed them both, so I was pretty confident I would enjoy this family memoir Nicolson starts her book with the story of her great, great grandmother, the very lowly born Spanish dancer Pepita, and then works through 7 generations of the female line to end with a beautiful chapter on her own much loved grand daughter Imogen.Much of the early part of this book will be familiar with those who have read The Disinherited by Robert Sackville West, a [...]

    5. A very moving account of seven generations of women.Interesting how things are carried on through the generations.All amazing women , love is the key!Touching and beautifully written.

    6. This is a richly layered story, spanning 7 generations over 160 years, of 2 families (the Sackville-Wests and the Nicolsons) with a focus on the lives of the women. The author, a renowned historian, shares with the reader the lives of 7 women -- starting with her great-great Spanish grandmother Pepita, who enchanted Europe with her flamenco dancing in the 1850s, winning the heart of a young British diplomat (Lionel Sackville-West) in the process; continuing onward with Pepita's daughter Victoria [...]

    7. I was a giveaway winner of this ARC book. Juliet Nicolson writes about seven generations of her family. She mostly writes of the women.She starts with her great great grandmother,Pepita born in Spain, daughter of Catalina. Pepita is born poor but earns money and becomes famous for being a Spanish Flamenco dancer. This book starts in 1830 Spain and spans the years up to present day with the birth of Juliet's own Granddaughter , Imogen. Each chapter writes of the lives of Pepita,Victoria, Vita,he [...]

    8. Reading about the family history of the well-known (especially if they carry double-barrelled names) seems to satisfy the readers' voyeristic needs: it gives us the insiders' view of persons we know in quite abstract terms. In this respect, the book does not disappoint: there are lots of scandalous stories to keep us intrigued and occupied. Probably the strongest aspect of the book is the dispassionate way they are told; its weakest the formulaic expressions used to tell them.

    9. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley. I wasn't that lucky by finding memoirs in 2016. Oftentimes, they turned out to be real different from what I was looking for at that moment. However, 'A House Full of Daughters' started strong and I was completely in love by the middle of the book. There're two problems that usually make memoirs quite tricky for me. One, the author might not find the right stories and items left behind and two, sometimes the book ends up to be a collection of le [...]

    10. These big, inter-generational stories are often not best served by being told by family members. Yes, they get access to material that other biographers might not have been able to use, but they are often too uncritical of that material and too ready to bow to family sensibilities. The early chapters, when the author is reporting on ancestresses that she did not know, read very much like an exercise in name-dropping. It is only when she writes about her grandfather, her parents, and her daughter [...]

    11. BOTWbbc/programmes/b0774ysdDescription: Juliet Stevenson reads Juliet Nicolson's journey through seven generations of women, including her Flamenco dancing great great grandmother Pepita, her grandmother Vita Sackville West and her mother Philippa - all of whom have shaped and formed, in extraordinary ways, exactly who she has become today. We journey through the slums of 19th century Malaga to the political elite of Washington, from English boarding schools during the second world war, to Londo [...]

    12. From BBC radio 4 - Book of the Week:Juliet Stevenson reads Juliet Nicolson's journey through seven generations of women, including her Flamenco dancing great great grandmother Pepita, her grandmother Vita Sackville West and her mother Philippa - all of whom have shaped and formed, in extraordinary ways, exactly who she has become today.We journey through the slums of 19th century Malaga to the political elite of Washington, from English boarding schools during the second world war, to London in [...]

    13. I am an admirer pf Juliet Nicolson's historical studies of women's lives; this work is intensely personal though. A must for anyone with an interst in Bloomsbury and associated folk but much more than that. How interesting to see how the dysfunctionality passes through generations. Very readable and I did not find it too sentimental. Not one of your tedious confessional works!

    14. An exploration of the lives and loves of a very posh family indeed. Struggles with love, struggles with drink, the pain (!) of having to pay inheritance tax (I mean, how much sympathy can you have for anyone who owns a house with 365 rooms?)I can't help but feel that it would have strongly benefited from a far more brutal editor.

    15. The promise of the prologue goes unfulfilled. There is a lack of organization and continuity to the writing, and it is truly the story of very unlikeable people. Or perhaps the author simply spent too much time discussing the horrific flaws of her family and not enough time on creating a story.

    16. From BBC Radio 4 abridged version - really very interesting though it petered off with the more current descriptions in the last part.

    17. 3.5 starsAn interesting, well written book, but oh, so much privilege. I'd be interested to read a similar book about 7 female generations of a more 'ordinary' family.

    18. More like 3.5. The author's premise was interesting but only sometimes fully fleshed out. I did enjoy reading about women at various historical points. A fascinating family. The book definitely picked up for me in the second half.

    19. A wonderful evocative read, a glimpse into a world and existence we will never witness again, leading up to anUnknown future. How our ancestors impact upon us! I learnt a lot reading this book, not just about the people, but about life itself.

    20. A raw and honest insight into seven generations of the feminine side of the Sackville-West dynasty, given from the perspective of Juliet Nicholson, daughter of Nigel Nicholson and Phillipa Tennyson d'Eyncourt. I bought this book at the Sackville-West's ancestral home of Sissinghurst where I felt the presence of this family's creative and expressive spirit still lingering in every nook and cranny and in the spectacularly beautiful garden. I thoroughly enjoyed Nicholson's straightforward narrative [...]

    21. The title was the first thing that intrigued me about A House Full of Daughters as did the idea of bringing together seven generations, spanning decades upon decades of family history. So I was very excited when I got the chance to read it and am very glad I did. Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Family history is absolutely fascinating, especially when it is conducted by a family member themselves. I myself have been [...]

    22. An unflinching look at the women in Juliet Nicolson’s own family, starting with her great-great-grandmother Pepita, the Spanish dancer and closing her story with the birth of her granddaughter Imogen.For one with an ongoing interest in Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, the first part of the story was familiar territory. The story picks up when she tells about the marriage of her parents, Nigel Nicolson (Vita and Harold’s son) and Phillipa Tennyson-d'Eyncourt and her own childhood. Her [...]

    23. Disclaimer: I won this book for free through Giveaways. This is my honest review.I really enjoyed "A House Full of Daughters." Juliet Nicolson weaves a beautiful memoir of 7 generations of daughters in her family. She traces her lineage back to her great-great-grandmother, Pepita, who was a Spanish flamenco dancer. Similar, yet different, challenges face each daughter in their relationships with parents, spouse, place, etc. There are parts of this book that are so sad, I almost cried, and other [...]

    24. Each chapter in this fascinating book concerns itself with famous ancestors, 2 daughters and a granddaughter of Juliet's.From her Spanish great, great grandmother Pepita, growing up in Malaga, becoming a famous Flamenco dancer and feted all over Spain via Vita Sackville West the sometimes ambivalent writer who's first love was Knole in Kent, a grand family house, now owned by the National Trust.Juliet writes fascinating life stories of the many strong independent ladies that are a part of her fa [...]

    25. Each chapter in this fascinating book concerns itself with famous ancestors, two daughters and a granddaughter of Juliet's.From her Spanish great, great grandmother, Pepita, growing up in Malaga, becoming a famous Flamenco Dancer and feted all over Spain via Vita Sackville West, the sometimes ambivalent writer, who's first love was Knole in Kent, a grand family house, now owned by the National Trust.Juliet writes fascinating life stories of the many strong independent ladies that are a part of h [...]

    26. Hugely disappointing. I do not ordinarily read non-fiction, but after reading the amazing biography of Louisa Adams (John Quincy Adams' remarkable wife), I thought this would be equally engrossing. Not even close.This book tells of seven women beginning with the author's great grandmother, a flamenco dancer and ending with her own grandchildren. What a pathetic bunch of whiney pointless women, none of whom learns anything from the generation that preceded them. Alcoholics who leads empty lives o [...]

    27. I was predisposed to like this book because I have always been fascinated by the author's family, notably her grandmother Vita Sackville-West. Nicolson, whose past work includes both fiction and history, has done a remarkable job of writing about her family by focusing on the women who both preceded and follow her, and by weaving history with family lore. There's a lot of pain and sadness in this story but it does not overwhelm the narrative. Though I wish there had been a little more about Vita [...]

    28. I was intrigued by the title and disappointed by the book. I understand that you get what your ancestors leave for you, and if you are really lucky there will be joy abounding. But to read a memoir where the bulk of 7 generations are full of negativity really is a bummer. I don't mean to be Pollyannaish but dear me, it sounds like the weakest genes won out, for sure. It was hard for me to imagine such a string of difficult and unlovely upper-class people inhabiting one family.I DID finish the bo [...]

    29. I love this book which offers a real insight into Vita Sackville West and her family through 7 generations. I think Juliet Nicolsons raw emotional journey tempered with light and history and peaks into Sissinghurst and the line of remarkable women who shaped each generation is a new and candid read,yes there is much we know but this is an insiders view and it is a very nice addition to my collection.

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