Karen Leigh
May 11, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Clarks of Cooperstown

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nicholas Fox Weber
publisher
Knopf
genre
History, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

In Clarks of Cooperstown, Nicholas Fox Weber immortalizes New York’s quirky Clark dynasty, whose pre-WWI fortune was spun from patriarch Edward’s Singer sewing machine firm. The clan was consumed by decades-long feuds and an obsession with art (son Stephen helped found NYC’s Museum of Modern Art). The anecdotes are salacious, particularly one concerning the vulgar sexual preferences of a family friend, sculptor George Barnard. Meanwhile, charismatic Sterling — with his reckless spending, horseback riding, and military adventures in China — could have stepped out of a page-turning historical novel. A-

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