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The Heiress of One of America’s Wealthiest Families Tells All

Inside a Bitter Dynasty

BY // 09.21.16

A fabled family, great wealth and privilege, a tragic childhood, repressive and unhappy marriages, and bitter dynastic power struggles — such is the plot in Doubleday heiress Neltje’s unflinching autobiography, North of Crazy: A Memoir (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99), which debuts this fall. Tell-all volumes by other blue bloods (Brooke Hayward, Sean Wilsey) may come to mind, but that’s only part of this story.

Neltje — the granddaughter of Frank Nelson Doubleday, founder of the publishing empire — is an artist/philanthropist/steward of nature and preservation who’s made an impact in an unlikely place: the state of Wyoming. There she’s carved out a space reminiscent of Donald Judd’s role in Marfa.

Neltje (PHOTO COURTESY DAVID SCHREIBER)
Neltje (Photo courtesy David Schreiber)

Neltje will be signing books in Houston at Bayou Bend Visitor’s Center with PaperCity’s Curate Books on Tuesday, October 4, 6 to 8 pm (6:30 pm reading), then at Georgia Brown Home (books available at the event) on Wednesday, October 5, 10 to 11:30 am; these signings are free, but reservations are required through rsvp@papercitymag.com (please specify which signing you would like to attend). She will also sign books at Brazos Bookstore on Wednesday, October 5, 7 to 8:30 pm (no RSVP required).

Also in October print magazine, watch for our PaperCity exclusive: an eye-opening visit with Neltje in her Wyoming home. Then catch her in Austin at Texas Book Festival on Saturday, November 5.

Home, chic home.

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