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Quick Take: The Redgraves: A Family Epic by Donald Spoto

As cursed and lauded as the Kennedys, members of the Redgrave clan—including Michael (a contemporary of Laurence Olivier), Vanessa and Lynn (the latter a onetime Topanga resident), and Vanessa’s children (Natasha and Joely Richardson)—have played more than 2,600 roles. In his 27th book (Crown Archetype, 384 pages, $26) Donald Spoto captures the family, setting the record straight and celebrating their lives with discretion and aplomb.