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Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, the story behind a beloved pseudonymous Twitter account reveals how a writer deep in grief rebuilt a life worth living.

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is two stories: that of the reclusive real-life writer who created a fictional character out of loneliness and thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Fans around the world are drawn to Her Grace's voice, her wit, her life-affirming love for all humanity, and the fun and friendship of the community that's sprung up around her.

@DuchessGoldblat (81-year-old literary icon, author of An Axe to Grind) brought people together in her name: in bookstores, museums, concerts, and coffee shops, and along the way, brought real friends home - foremost among them, Lyle Lovett.

"The only way to be reliably sure that the hero gets the girl at the end of the story is to be both the hero and the girl yourself." (Duchess Goldblatt)

©2020 Anonymous (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Oh buy it!!

Brilliant, tender, thoughtful, witty. Nothing you expect, just so much more! Its has left me richer for reading it.

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All rascals, read and relish

What a joy to hear the story of an icon, inspiration, and all-round diva. I loved it.

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  • Rebecca Lindroos
  • 20-07-20

Oh Dear Duchess!

I loved the book. I wanted to curl up and just enjoy all day and not let it end. I read along with the Audible to get the effect of the Twitter feeds but it's not really necessary. This book just leaves a soft happy place in my heart. Perfect for quarantine times.

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  • Heather W
  • 20-07-20

Lovely

I loved it, you must read this. I can’t do it justice with a review.

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  • ChildofAslan
  • 12-07-20

Glorious in every way!

Wonderful readers. And Lyle Lovett is perfection, naturally. I laughed out loud so many of Her Grace’s bon mots and witticisms.

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  • Neil Shurley
  • 10-07-20

Perfect

Having followed Duchess Goldblatt on Twitter for many years, I expected to find laughs and warmth and even wisdom in her memoir. But I never anticipated that all of those things would be layered within a wrenching and deeply human story of loss, identity, and hope. Gabra Zackman is perfectly cast as the primary narrator, the voice of Anonymous. Her voice has an earthy reality that grounds the proceedings, making us truly feel the devastation and heartache that haunt Anonymous' life. Peppered throughout are actual tweets from Duchess Goldblatt, read with charming Goldblattian verve by J. Smith-Cameron. And the inclusion of Lyle Lovett voicing the tweets of Lyle Lovett is simply [chef's kiss]. Becoming Duchess Goldbatt is a triumph--beautifully written and performed, moving, insightful, laugh-out-loud funny, and even inspiring. I should have expected nothing less.

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  • Pamela Jo Milam
  • 10-07-20

Impeccable

I’ve read the paper copy multiple times and was curious about whether the Audible version would live up to the book I already love so dearly. Well, it does. The reader-performers do an exquisite job of bringing the words to life, and I’m greatly impressed. I know, without a doubt, you’ll enjoy the Audible Book “Becoming Duchess Goldblatt,” when you listen to it. Long Live Duchess Goldblatt!

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  • Carrie Salter
  • 10-07-20

Embraced Me

DG's words enchanted me while I listened alone inside a dark tent in the Carskills (with 1 firefly for company). I must have scared the bears away with my loud snorts of laughter at the beginning of if each chapter. Funny, real, and truly brillant wisdom. Thank you Your Grace.

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  • BookIt
  • 14-07-20

Loved this book!

You know that “perfect review”—“it made me laugh, it made me cry”? This book did that and so much more. Sweet, sad, kind, snarky. It had it all. And so much hope. I highly recommend.

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  • Quince
  • 26-11-20

I don't write reviews....

A friend gave me this book. She said that she couldn't find a friend that would be interested in this book,so she gave it to me. I walk each day, and because I respect her as an artist, etc. I downloaded it on audible. I love everything about this memoir. This person is sacred character, but so is all humanity. I laughed and cried equally.I'm glad that I met the Duchess, I'm so glad that I was introduced to Lyle Lovett. That's all.

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  • J. Miller
  • 22-08-20

Crazy Train - I got off

This was a book that I was anxious to read because the premise was interesting. I actually listened to it about 2/3 of the way and finally said "Bah!" Enough of this crazy person. I actually developed an intense dislike of both the main character and her alter persona. The narration was fine but the rest? NO.

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  • Erin S
  • 24-01-21

What the world needs now...

The contrast between the narrator’s life, which is filled with sadness and betrayal, and the hope and joy of Duchess Goldblatt makes this a powerful piece of literary nonfiction. The structure of this memoir is creative and evocative. The mostly reliable narrator grows into her best self with help from her close friend the duchess. To say more would spoil the delight readers feel as they surrender to the duchess’s kindness and wisdom. Highly recommended.