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Gold Coast's Gilded Age revealed in new book

Maggie Gordon, a columnist for the Hearst Connecticut Media Group, will be signing copies of her book "The Gilded Age on Connecticut's Gold Coast: Transforming Greenwich, Stamford and Darien," from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Elm Street Books, 35 Elm St., New Canaan, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Rowayton Library.

Gordon leads a roaring romp through a pivotal time and the gilding of lower Fairfield County. When the railroad came through in 1848, it transformed Connecticut's coast, luring wealthy upper-crust New Yorkers to retreat from the urban crush. The cosmopolitan gentility built their magnificent mansions and suburban paradises in Greenwich, Stamford and Darien. Ornate hotels along the water welcomed American royalty, and resorts beckoned business tycoons for luxurious country weekends. Much of the Gilded Age opulence remains today in areas like Belle Haven, Wallacks Point, Shippan and Long Neck Point.

Gordon, who lives in Stamford, graduated from Syracuse University in 2008 with dual degrees in newspaper journalism and women's studies. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Fairfield County to work as a reporter at the Darien News before taking a job at the Advocate in Stamford as the education reporter. After a few years, she launched the weekly feature "Trending with Maggie Gordon," which runs in the Advocate, Connecticut Post, Danbury News-Times and Greenwich Time. In addition to "Trending," she also covers real estate for the Greenwich Time.

For information, call 203-966-4545 or visit www.elmstreetbooks.com.

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