American Lady is a fascinating book about Susan Mary Alsop, a very active and interesting figure, who entertained notorious figures such as Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and Christian Dior. More than a biography, this book also paints a clear picture of life in post war Paris and Georgetown.
Though at times a bit tedious, it is a fine portrayal of one woman’s life and times, following her journey between two continents, her marriages and divorces, her love affair with British Ambassador Duff Cooper, and her infamous dinner parties.
In December 1945, the windows of the Parisian department stores were filled with animated toys for the first time in five years and children pressed against the glass in wonder. – Caroline de Margerie
A light read, it is interesting, well researched, and elegantly written. This is a good read for people interested in the era and in the life of a woman who was subtle, sophisticated, and reserved.
Susan Mary prepared to leave Paris, its grey walls, zinc roofs, and ever-changing skies. The city, about to be abandoned, wooed her with its prettiest accordion tunes. – Caroline de Margerie