Books by Nancy Goldstone

LAWRENCE and NANCY GOLDSTONE are a husband-and-wife writing team and authors of Out of the Flames, a Booksense 76 Selection. They have also written three books on their book-collecting pursuits: Used and Rare, Slightly Chipped, and Warmly Inscribed.

Released: April 10, 2018

"A great book for history fans seeking illumination on the connections of European royalty."
The story of how one remarkable woman's drive to survive secured the succession of the British crown to this day. Read full book review >
Released: June 23, 2015

"History brought to vivid life in the characters of these women of purpose."
Two Renaissance queens—who also happened to be mother and daughter—receive a thorough treatment. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 2012

"Readers don't have to buy the shaky premise to enjoy this knowledgeable and accessible account of a turning point in French history."
A French noblewoman arranged Joan of Arc's miraculous career. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A thoroughly intriguing portrait of a neglected historical figure."
The Byzantine life and times of a female monarch during a bloody, perilous era. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2007

"The author's synthesis of much research is impressive, though her jam-packed history requires relentless attention to chronology and lineage."
Goldstone's latest recondite foray (The Friar and the Cipher, 2005, etc., co-authored with husband Lawrence Goldstone) tracks the spectacular rise of four well-positioned sisters in 13th-century Provence. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Many scrambled historical eggs conceal the Bacon. (32 b&w illustrations)"
Did Roger Bacon (c. 1214-92) compose a mysterious manuscript featuring drawings of plants that don't exist, some with naked women inside and symbols never satisfactorily explained by some very dedicated and imaginative cryptanalysts? Who knows? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Regrettably, this story of close-mindedness and redemption still resonates today."
The tale of a 16th-century genius who made the mistake of running afoul of John Calvin at the height of the Reformation in Geneva. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2001

"That inspiration aside, Warmly Inscribed doesn't amount to much."
Miscellaneous adventures in the book trade, some exciting, most not. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1999

"Rather than pulling the uninitiated into the exciting and beautiful world of book collecting, the Goldstones are writing here for the converted."
Slightly Chipped is the second volume of book collecting anecdotes by the husband-and-wife team the Goldstones (Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World, 1997). Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 1997

"A sort of Year in Provence for book lovers: an entertaining armchair introduction to an esoteric but captivating subject."
The Goldstones (Lawrence: Rights, 1992; Nancy: Mommy and the Murder, 1995; etc.) offer a sprightly paced travelogue that records their education in literary connoisseurship. Read full book review >
MOMMY AND THE MONEY by Nancy Goldstone
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Only the affectionately drawn picture of Lenox survives the debacle."
Former Wall-Streeter, former Manhattanite Elizabeth Halperin lives with her precocious three-year-old daughter, Emily, in Lenox, Mass., where Police Chief Rudge still believes she killed her soon- to-be-divorced husband Howard, in a murder as yet unsolved (Mommy and the Murder, 1995). Read full book review >
MOMMY AND THE MURDER by Nancy Goldstone
Released: July 19, 1995

"Mildly diverting."
A first mystery, set in Lenox, Mass., from former Wall Streeter Goldstone (Trading Up, 1988; the thriller Bad Business, 1991). Read full book review >