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Author Visit: The Bridesmaid's Daughter with Nyna Giles and Eve Claxton

Saturday, September 29 at 2pm
The Bridesmaid's Daughter

From Grace Kelly's Wedding to a Women's Shelter—Searching for the Truth About My Mother


Followed by Book Signing and Refreshments

At 29 years old, Nyna  Giles was in line at the supermarket when she looked down and saw the headline: ‘Former Bridesmaid of Princess Grace Lives in Homeless Shelter’. Nyna was stunned; her family’s private ordeal was front page news.
The woman on that cover was her mother.  She knew Carolyn had been a model – arriving in New York in 1947, where she’d met the young Grace Kelly, and that the two had become fast friends. Nyna had seen the photos of her mother at Grace’s wedding, wearing the bridesmaid gown that had hung in her closet for years. But how had the seemingly confident, glamorous woman in those pictures become the mother she knew growing up? In this deeply personal memoir about friendship, marriage, motherhood and mental health, Nyna unearths lost pieces of her mother's remarkable life story.


The authors' talk  includes a wonderful presentation of photographs that depict the the life and times of Nyna Giles's mother, Carolyn. To learn more, visit

Nyna Giles has worked in advertising sales with leading media organizations such as Westchester Magazine, 914INC, Westchester Home, The Daily Voice, Record-Review and Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals. Today she is COO of Giles Communications. She is also an advocate for the mentally ill, having served as a vice president on the board of The Association for Mentally Ill Children of Westchester for ten years. In the spring of 2015, Nyna and her husband, Peter, co-chaired The Mental Health Association of Westchester County’s “Mental Health of Westchester 5KRun/Walk - MHA on the Move” event. Nyna lives in Westchester with her husband, and has three grown children and three stepchildren.

Eve Claxton is a writer, editor, and Peabody award-winning radio producer. Since 2006, she’s worked as an editor or co-writer on popular non-fiction books for major publishers including the memoir He Wanted the Moon, co-written with Mimi Baird, described by The New York Times as “utterly impossible to put down” and currently being adapted for Brad Pitt's Plan B with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. Eve is also the editor of The Book of Life an anthology of the best memoir writing throughout the ages.