I Am Madame X

  • Filename: i-am-madame-x.
  • ISBN: 9780743245661
  • Release Date: 2003-03-18
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Gioia Diliberto
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The life of Virginie Gautreau, the notorious beauty of Madame X, John Singer Sargent's most famous and scandalous portrait, provides inspiration for this absorbing and intriguing novel. Madame X caused an immediate furor when Sargent unveiled it at the 1884 Paris Salon. The subject's bold pose, provocative dress, and decadent pallor shocked the public, and the critics panned the picture, smashing Sargent's dream of a Paris career. The artist soon relocated to England, where he established himself as the favorite portrait painter of the wealthy. In this remarkable novel, Gioia Diliberto tells Virginie's story, drawing on the sketchy facts of Virginie's life to re-create her tempestuous personality and the captivating milieu of nineteenth-century Paris. Born in New Orleans to two of Louisiana's prominent Creole families and raised at Parlange, her grandmother's lush plantation, Virginie fled to France with her mother and sister during the Civil War. The family settled in Paris among other expatriate Southerners and hoped, through their French ancestry, to insinuate themselves into high society. They soon were absorbed into the fascinating and wealthy world of grand ballrooms, dressmakers' salons, luxurious country estates, and artists' ateliers. Because of Virginie's striking appearance and vivid character, her mother pinned the family's hopes for social acceptance on her daughter, who became a "professional beauty" and married a French banker. Even before Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of vicious Paris gossip. I Am Madame X is a compulsively readable immersion in Belle Epoque Paris. It is also the story of a great work of art, illuminating the struggle between Virginie and Sargent as they fought to control the outcome of a painting that changed their lives and affected the course of art history.

Madame X

  • Filename: madame-x.
  • ISBN: 9781101986882
  • Release Date: 2015-10
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Jasinda Wilder
  • Publisher: Berkley Books

My name is Madame X. I'm the best at what I do . . . Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X wields culture and wit like a knife. But behind her sophisticated facade X is a woman adrift, trapped between a dangerous past she can't remember and the protection of a seductive man who claims her body - and her soul. Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for the safety of her tower penthouse, she also yearns to escape. But X has never known anything or anyone else - until hecame along . . . 'Wilder pulls out all the stops for this spellbinding novel of identity, passion, and fear . . . Once readers fall into X's story, they'll be desperate for the next installments.' Publishers Weekly(starred review) 'One of the most unique books I've read in a while . . . The next book cannot come soon enough . . . This is one of those stories that will leave you thinking about it for days afterward.' Smart Bitches, Trashy Books 'Madame Xis about so many things: dominance, submission, captivity, choices, eroticism, and intimacy. It is the start of a series that is like a coming of age erotica, pulling themes from fairy tales and cautionary tales as well . . . Wilder balances the eroticism and action beautifully, the imagery created from X's mind is sometimes surprising but always gorgeous . . . The best thing is that there is more to come from Jasinda Wilder in this series and I can't wait to read it.' Heroes and Heartbreakers 'Unlike anything else I've ever read . . . Compelling and dark . . . X's story isn't one you'll soon forget.' BookPage 'Poetic and sinfully provocative, Madame Xis Jasinda Wilder at her absolute, steamiest best!' Katy Evans, New York Timesbestselling author 'Jasinda Wilder like you've never seen her before. Madame Xdraws you in from the first page and doesn't let go until long after the last.' K. Bromberg, New York Times bestselling author 'Jasinda outdid herself! Every word, every line in this book was a treat and I savored every bite. Sensual, intelligent and well-paced, I am on the edge of my seat and needing more!' Alessandra Torre, New York Timesbestselling author

Madame X

  • Filename: madame-x.
  • ISBN: 9781101986875
  • Release Date: 2015-10-06
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Jasinda Wilder
  • Publisher: Penguin

“Wilder pulls out all the stops for this spellbinding novel of identity, passion, and fear... Once readers fall into X’s story, they’ll be desperate for the next installments.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) From the New York Times bestselling author of Alpha... My name is Madame X. My past is locked away. My present confined to a gilded cage... Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X wields culture and wit like a knife. But behind her sophisticated facade X is a woman adrift, trapped between a dangerous past she can’t remember and the protection of a seductive man who claims her body—and her soul. Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for the safety of her tower penthouse, she also yearns to escape. But X has never known anything or anyone else—until he came along… From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Filename: exposed.
  • ISBN: 9781101986905
  • Release Date: 2016-03-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Jasinda Wilder
  • Publisher: Penguin

New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder presents the second novel starring the mysterious Madame X. My name is Madame X. My life is not my own. But it could be... Everything Madame X has ever known is contained within the four walls of the penthouse owned by her lover—the man who controls her every move and desire. While Caleb owns her body, someone else has touched her soul. X’s awakening at the hands of Logan’s raw, honest masculinity has led her down a new path, one that is as exciting as it is terrifying. But Caleb’s need to own X completely knows no bounds, and he isn’t about to let her go. Not without a fight that could destroy them all... From the Trade Paperback edition.

My Notorious Life

  • Filename: my-notorious-life.
  • ISBN: 9781408835661
  • Release Date: 2013-06-06
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Kate Manning
  • Publisher: A&C Black

'In the end, they celebrated. They bragged. They got me finally, was their feeling. They said I would take my secrets to the grave. They should be so lucky.' Defiant and daring, Axie Muldoon claws her way from the streets up to the dizzying heights of New York society. But as her fame grows and her name hits the headlines, her reputation as the most scandalous midwife of her time begins to threaten everything she holds dear. And one crusading official will not rest until he has brought about the downfall of 'Madame X'. It will take all of Axie's cunning to save both herself and those she loves from ruin...


  • Filename: strapless.
  • ISBN: 9781440628184
  • Release Date: 2004-05-03
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Deborah Davis
  • Publisher: Penguin

The subject of John Singer Sargent's most famous painting was twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole Virginie Gautreau, who moved to Paris and quickly became the "it girl" of her day. A relative unknown at the time, Sargent won the commission to paint her; the two must have recognized in each other a like-minded hunger for fame. Unveiled at the 1884 Paris Salon, Gautreau's portrait generated the attention she craved-but it led to infamy rather than stardom. Sargent had painted one strap of Gautreau's dress dangling from her shoulder, suggesting either the prelude to or the aftermath of sex. Her reputation irreparably damaged, Gautreau retired from public life, destroying all the mirrors in her home. Drawing on documents from private collections and other previously unexamined materials, and featuring a cast of characters including Oscar Wilde and Richard Wagner, Strapless is a tale of art and celebrity, obsession and betrayal.

Five Spice Street

  • Filename: five-spice-street.
  • ISBN: 030014248X
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 329
  • Author: Canxue.
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

"Five Spice Street" tells the story of a street in an unnamed city whose inhabitants speculate on the life of a mysterious Madam X. The novel interweaves their endless suppositions into a work that is at

Madame X

  • Filename: madame-x.
  • ISBN: 133063327X
  • Release Date: 2015-09-27
  • Number of pages: 332
  • Author: J. W. McConaughy
  • Publisher:

Excerpt from Madame X: A Story of Motherlove A night lamp - the chosen companion of illness, misery and murder - burned dimly on a little table in the midst of a grim array of bottles and boxes. In a big armchair between the table and the bed, and within easy reach of both, sat a young man. It was his fourteenth night in that chair and he leaned his head back against the cushions in an attitude of utter exhaustion. The hands rested on the arms with the palms turned up. But the strong, clean-cut face - that for two weeks had been a mask of fear and suffering - was transfigured with joy and thanksgiving when he reached over every few minutes and touched the forehead of the little boy in the bed. There was moisture under the dark curls and the fever flush had given way to the pallor of weakness. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Confessions of X

  • Filename: the-confessions-of-x.
  • ISBN: 9780718039622
  • Release Date: 2016-01-26
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Suzanne M. Wolfe
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

Winner of the Christianity Today 2017 Book Award! Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story. She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and heir to a fortune. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved. In a society in which classes rarely mingle on equal terms, and an unwed mother can lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine’s anguished spiritual journey from secretive religious cultist to the celebrated Bishop of Hippo. Giving voice to one of history’s most mysterious women, The Confessions of X tells the story of Augustine of Hippo’s nameless lover, their relationship before his famous conversion, and her life after his rise to fame. A tale of womanhood, faith, and class at the end of antiquity, The Confessions of X is more than historical fiction . . . it is a timeless story of love and loss in the shadow of a theological giant.


  • Filename: alpha.
  • ISBN: 9781941098110
  • Release Date: 2014-04-29
  • Number of pages: 450
  • Author: Jasinda Wilder
  • Publisher: NLA Digital LLC

The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom's hospital bills. My baby brother's tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.," and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing... except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters. If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it? I did. The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: "belong." A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. "To me." The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom's hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you're desperate? You don't. I didn't. And then, after a year, there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: "It's time to pay your debt." Would you have gotten in? I did. It turns out $120,000 doesn't come free.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: PSU:000050006106
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Pat McKissack
  • Publisher: Enslow Pub Incorporated

Profiles the life of Sarah Breedlove, also known as Madam C. J. Walker, the black laundress who founded a cosmetics company and became the first female self-made millionare in the United States.

The Last Madam

  • Filename: the-last-madam.
  • ISBN: 9781497658509
  • Release Date: 2014-07-01
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Chris Wiltz
  • Publisher: Open Road Media

The “raunchy, hilarious, and thrilling” true story of the incomparable Norma Wallace, proprietor of a notorious 1920s New Orleans brothel (NPR). Norma Wallace grew up fast. In 1916, at fifteen years old, she went to work as a streetwalker in New Orleans’ French Quarter. By the 1920s, she was a “landlady”—or, more precisely, the madam of what became one of the city’s most lavish brothels. It was frequented by politicians, movie stars, gangsters, and even the notoriously corrupt police force. But Wallace acquired more than just repeat customers. There were friends, lovers . . . and also enemies. Wallace’s romantic interests ran the gamut from a bootlegger who shot her during a fight to a famed bandleader to the boy next door, thirty-nine years her junior, who became her fifth husband. She knew all of the Crescent City’s dirty little secrets, and used them to protect her own interests—she never got so much as a traffic ticket, until the early 1960s, when District Attorney Jim Garrison decided to clean up vice and corruption. After a jail stay, Wallace went legitimate as successfully as she had gone criminal, with a lucrative restaurant business—but it was love that would undo her in the end. The Last Madam combines original research with Wallace’s personal memoirs, bringing to life an era in New Orleans history rife with charm and decadence, resurrecting “a secret world, like those uncovered by Luc Sante and James Ellroy” (Publishers Weekly). It reveals the colorful, unforgettable woman who reigned as an underworld queen and “capture[s] perfectly the essential, earthy complexity of the most fascinating city on this continent” (Robert Olen Butler).

Three Weeks With Lady X

  • Filename: three-weeks-with-lady-x.
  • ISBN: 9780062223906
  • Release Date: 2014-03-25
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Eloisa James
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

The next fabulous romance by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can't afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • Filename: the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x.
  • ISBN: 0141032723
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Malcolm X
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)

They called him the 'angriest black man in America' . . . Celebrated and vilified the world over for his courageous but bitter fight to gain for millions of black men and women the equality and respect denied them by their white neighbours, Malcolm X inspired as many people in the United States as he caused to fear him. His remarkable autobiography, completed just before his murder in 1965, ranges from Omaha and Michigan to Harlem and Mecca, and tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Not only is this an enormously important record of the Civil Rights Movement in America, but also the scintillating story of a man who refused to allow anyone to tell him who or what he was.

Some Like It Hot

  • Filename: some-like-it-hot.
  • ISBN: 1939786231
  • Release Date: 2014-05-20
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Nicole Edwards
  • Publisher:

Five bestselling authors have come together to bring you five smoking hot, never before seen novellas that will test the limits of your internal thermostat. What could be hotter than sizzling firefighters, sultry cowboys, sexy bodyguards, and scorching bad boys? Nothing, that's what.

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