Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! (Auntie Mame movie, 1958)
Are you living an authentic life? Patrick Dennis’ fictional character, Auntie Mame, believes most people aren’t. A glamorous, Depression-era socialite, Mame takes in her orphaned nephew, Patrick. The executor of his father’s estate doesn’t approve of Mame’s madcap lifestyle and conflicts ensue as he tries to force Mame to bring Patrick “up the right way.”
Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade* became a blockbuster hit when it was first published in 1955 (after being turned down by 19 other publishers). It was then turned into a Broadway play and then a movie starring Rosalind Russell. If you’ve only seen the movie, you are in for a treat when you read our May/June 2017 book club selection. The movie was fun but I think the book is ever better!