Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (11-30-11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, you highlight an upcoming release that you are eagerly awaiting. This week, my pick is: That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba (expected publication date: March 13, 2012).

Synopsis (from This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.  “That woman,” so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore.  Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers an eye-opening account of one of the most talked about women of her generation.  It explores the obsessive nature of Simpson’s relationship with Prince Edward, the suggestion that she may have had a Disorder of Sexual Development, and new evidence showing she may never have wanted to marry Edward at all.

Since her death, Simpson has become a symbol of female empowerment as well as a style icon.  But her psychology remains an enigma.  Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating and complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.

Since watching The King's Speech (which, if you haven't seen, you must! Seriously, it won't disappoint!), my interest in Wallis Simpson has grown. I wonder how amazing she was to lure a man away from his throne as the king of England. This is something that I will definitely be anxiously awaiting! So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday?

1 comment:

  1. I have not seen the King's Speech, but I do love a good historical biography! This sounds like it would be an interesting read! Thanks for sharing!

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