Tina Jordan
February 14, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Priscilla

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nicholas Shakespeare
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Biography

We gave it a B+

If your life were on the line, would you do anything to save it — even if it meant compromising your most basic beliefs? That’s the question Shakespeare faced as he began paging through old letters to piece together the life of his glamorous but enigmatic aunt Priscilla. Though he started out with the vague notion that she’d once served in the French Resistance, what he discovered was enormously different. Shakespeare, to his credit, never judges his aunt, just lays out her fascinating, complicated story. B+

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