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    16 Books To Read While You Wait For Season 2 Of HBO's "The Gilded Age"

    If you can't wait to see what becomes of the Russells and the van Rhijns in Season 2, here are some books about the real-life Gilded Age to tide you over.

    1. A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York by Greg King

    2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

    3. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

    4. Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City by Carla E. Peterson

    5. The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

    6. Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and A Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age by Betsy Prioleau

    7. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century by Simon Baatz

    8. Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

    9. A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

    10. When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan

    11. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

    12. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

    13. Heiresses: The Lives of Million Dollar Babies by Laura Thompson

    14. Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line by Martha A. Sandweiss

    15. Gilded City: Scandal and Sensation in Turn-of-the-Century New York by M.H. Dunlop

    16. Who Killed Jane Stanford?: A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits, and the Birth of a University by Richard White