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Natalie Dykstra

When: Fri., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. 2012

She had it all: beauty, intelligence, photography skills, and a husband who was a brilliant American historian. She was the sort of woman who, in the late 1800s, drew the Washington, DC, elite to her home, hosting parties and delighting presidents, writers, dignitaries, and academics with her lively wit and warmth. And then, she drank a vial of potassium cyanide, ending it all. Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life tells the story of this sparkling woman whose name most often appears as a footnote to husband Henry Adams, using her own photography to unravel the final mystery of her life. And in doing so, author Natalie Dykstra movingly gives Marian "Clover" Adams back her own identity. On Friday, Oct. 5, at Mrs. Dalloway's (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) 7:30 p.m., free. 510-704-8222 or MrsDalloways.com

Alison Peters

Price: free

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