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The Clarks of Cooperstown

In Clarks of Cooperstown, Nicholas Fox Weber immortalizes New York’s quirky Clark dynasty, whose pre-WWI fortune was spun from patriarch Edward’s Singer sewing machine firm. The clan was consumed by decades-long feuds and an obsession with art (son Stephen helped found NYC’s Museum of Modern Art). The anecdotes are salacious, particularly one concerning the vulgar sexual preferences of a family friend, sculptor George Barnard. Meanwhile, charismatic Sterling — with his reckless spending, horseback riding, and military adventures in China — could have stepped out of a page-turning historical novel. A-

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