A Hard Act to Follow


A Memoir of Parents

Francine du Plessix Gray

Penguin, $16, 544 pp.

The hardcover dust jacket of Them: A Memoir of Parents features a glamorous couple dancing, an arresting photograph taken in soft focus but reproduced with a brutal metallic gloss. The tall beauty with the aloof smirk and the slight resemblance to a female impersonator is Tatiana Iacovleff du Plessix Liberman, AKA Tatiana of Saks, America’s most famous milliner. The man holding her in a gesture at once submissive and proprietary, his...

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Tanya Avakian, a librarian, lives in Delaware.

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