Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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Born into one of the most celebrated Anglo-Irish families, the Guinnesses, Ivana Lowell grew up at the whim of two literary heavyweights—her mother, writer Lady Caroline Blackwood, and stepfather, poet Robert Lowell.

Now, with an incisive eye and a wicked sense of humor, she shares the stories we've always wanted to hear. She tells of following the famous authors from one crumbling, drafty country house to another, and of summers spent with madcap relatives such as her maternal grandmother, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, and her “old friend,” the Queen Mother. But Ivana also has darker stories to tell: about her childhood accident, about her own stints in rehab, and, finally, about discovering the secret Lady Caroline had successfully kept from Ivana her entire life.

 

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User Review  - tippycanoegal - LibraryThing

What a mess! And yet, impossible to put down! The most addictive kind of junk food read--I gobbled it up, but had a distinctly queasy feeling afterwards. The book is filled with surprising gossip (Why ... Read full review

WHY NOT SAY WHAT HAPPENED?: A Memoir

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Unflinching memoir about growing up affluent and unhappy in Britain.All she wanted was a normal, suburban existence. But for Lowell, under the veneer of privilege as the daughter of a wealthy heiress ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
12
Section 3
14
Section 4
17
Section 5
20
Section 6
21
Section 7
27
Section 8
32
Section 25
120
Section 26
127
Section 27
131
Section 28
136
Section 29
149
Section 30
157
Section 31
168
Section 32
177

Section 9
37
Section 10
41
Section 11
46
Section 12
53
Section 13
57
Section 14
63
Section 15
71
Section 16
75
Section 17
83
Section 18
92
Section 19
94
Section 20
105
Section 21
111
Section 22
116
Section 23
116
Section 24
116
Section 33
191
Section 34
198
Section 35
204
Section 36
211
Section 37
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Section 38
227
Section 39
235
Section 40
244
Section 41
254
Section 42
260
Section 43
264
Section 44
277
Section 45
283
Section 46
287
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About the author (2011)

Ivana Lowell grew up in London, Boston, and New York. She now lives in Sag Harbor with her daughter.

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