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A Jew Grows in Brooklyn: The Curious Reflections of a First-Generation American, Ehrenreich, Jake
1 A Jew Grows in Brooklyn: The Curious Reflections of a First-Generation American Ehrenreich, Jake
075731466X / 9780757314667 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover published 2010 by HCI/Health Communications Inc. Only light wear to cover. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. 252 pages; black-and-white photos. Language: English. 'In this print adaptation of his successful one-man show, featured on Broadway, playwright and performer Ehrenreich tells his story of growing up in Brooklyn as the first-born son of Holocaust survivors in the years following WWII. Desperate to acquire the all American identity he feels denied as part of a foreign, Jewish family of war survivors, Ehrenreich plied his love of rock music into an adolescent romance with the drums; during his teens and twenties, Ehrenreich became involved in a number of musical projects, performing for vacationers in the Catskills and playing clubs around the country, eventually finding himself among famous musicians like Richie Havens and glam-rock band KISS. Along the way, the married-with-children Ehrenreich divulges entertaining details of his wilder years, including a string of romantic conquests and a struggle with drug abuse. Ehrenreich also devotes a chapter to each member of his family, recounting fond memories as well as tragic details of the early-onset Alzheimers that claimed his mother and two sisters. His style and timing perfected over years of performance, Ehrenreich proves inspirational and entertaining throughout, showing readers how he weathered troubled times to discover an unconditional love for life.'-- Publishers Weekly. Keywords: memoir, autobiography, personal narrative, New York, theater. ISBN-13: 978-0757314667 
Price: 11.00 USD
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About Rothko, Ashton, Dore
2 About Rothko Ashton, Dore
0195033485 / 9780195033489 Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket published 1983 by Oxford University Press, NY. 2 small archivally-closed rips to jacket front. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 225 pages; Index; Notes; Bibliography; Chronology; black-and-white and color plates. Language: English. 'A biography of the famous abstract expressionist whose canvasses articulate many of the ideas and feelings of modern art, particularly the New York school. Ashton avoids gossip and concentrates on influences, the poets, philosophers, world events, and other artists who helped shape Rothko's imagery. She uses interviews, Rothko's own writing, and her conversations with the artist to portray the complexity of his genius and the scope of an artist's working life. [A] vital companion to Rothko's work....'--Book News, Inc. Keywords: painter, painting, Abstract Expressionism, art history, biographical. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Are You Lonesome Tonight? The Untold Story of Elvis Presley's One True Love and the Child He Never Knew, De Barbin, Lucy; Matera, Dary
3 Are You Lonesome Tonight? The Untold Story of Elvis Presley's One True Love and the Child He Never Knew De Barbin, Lucy; Matera, Dary
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1987 Villard Books. Light scratches to jacket. Front jacket flap is creased. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 294 pages; black-and-white photos. Language: English. 'On a cool night in Memphis, high on a grassy hilltop, Elvis Presley fell in love with a beautiful French teenager with sparkling green eyes, a melting smile--and a haunted existence. This love ignited a passionate romance hidden from the world for 24 years. ... Through Lucy's eyes, we learn [Elvis's] deepest longings, experience his greatest victories and painful disappointments, and finally understand why he was so lonely, unhappy and empty.'--from jacket flap. Keywords: music, rock 'n' roll, memoir, biography, love child, Desiree Presley. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Augustus John: The New Biography, Holroyd, Michael
4 Augustus John: The New Biography Holroyd, Michael
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Farrar Straus Giroux. Back cover and jacket intact but damaged--badly creased. Very clean, no marks, never read. 715pp, Index, Notes, B/W and color photos. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority--surface or Airmail only. Keywords: artist, art, painter, painting, English, British, Great Britain, 20th, twentieth, century. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Billie Whitelaw ...Who He?, Whitelaw, Billie
5 Billie Whitelaw ...Who He? Whitelaw, Billie
0312139292 / 9780312139292 Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket, published 1996 by St. Martin's Press. Light wear to jacket corners. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 272 pages; Index; black-and-white photos. Language: English. Memoir of the noted film and stage actress who was the longtime muse of the great playwright Samuel Beckett, with whom she worked closely for 25 years. Keywords: autobiography, personal narrative, acting, theatre, theater. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Dandy in the Underworld: An Unauthorised Autobiography, Horsley, Sebastian
6 Dandy in the Underworld: An Unauthorised Autobiography Horsley, Sebastian
0061461253 / 9780061461255 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover reprint, published 2008 by Harper Perennial. Small remainder mark on bottom page edge. Light store shelfwear. Very clean; no creases; pages bright; binding tight; unread. 328 pages, plus 28 pages of exclusive extras: interviews and features by and about the author. Language: English. 'British artist Horsley's biggest claim to fame is the crucifixion ceremony he underwent in the Philippines in 2000, an attempt to break the limits of life and make an artistic statement. The feat is the apex of Horsley's unauthorized autobiography, which chronicles his life as an artist, a junkie and a self-professed dandy. Pithy and engaging, Horsley bares all, painting himself as a misogynist, a sexual deviant and a narcissist. While the memoir starts slow -- drawn out accounts of childhood travails, tawdry family history and boarding-school miseries -- Horsley's writing picks up when he's describing his cyclical addiction to and withdrawal from drugs. A crack high is a whole-body orgasm and heartbreaking ecstasy; heroin is molten sunshine. By the time he is on a raft in the Philippines, paddling to the site of his crucifixion, he's been in and out of exclusive rehab clinics and self-imposed bouts of cold turkey time, not to mention a stint as a prostitute. By the time a 50-something Horsley winds down his life history -- wealthy and privileged from birth (his family owned a food empire), he was also uncannily successful in the stock market -- he is nearly bankrupt. He ran through, by his own estimation, 100,000 on his drug addictions and the same amount of money each on his other addiction, prostitutes, and tailored clothing befitting his stature as a dandy' -- Publishers Weekly. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Duke Ellington (Black Americans of Achievement), Frankl, Ron
7 Duke Ellington (Black Americans of Achievement) Frankl, Ron
New. 
Hardcover. Hardcover 1988 Grolier edition. Glossy picture cover-- no dustjacket. Superclean; no marks; gift-giving condition. Introductory essay: Coretta Scott King. 110pp, Index, Chronology, B/W photos. Language: English. Keywords: young adult, music. Chronicles the life of internationally-acclaimed jazz musician, from the Harlem Renaissance through his later years. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Ethel Waters: I Touched a Sparrow, Knaack, Twila
8 Ethel Waters: I Touched a Sparrow Knaack, Twila
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1978 special Billy Graham Crusade edition. Average wear; pages are AGE-DISCOLORED. Clean; unmarked; uncreased; binding tight. 156 pages; black-and-white photos. Language: English. Keywords: Christian, inspirational, Christianity, Protestant, Baptist, singer, actress, African-American. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life, Robinson, Roxana
9 Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life Robinson, Roxana
0747507570 / 9780747507574 Good. 
Paperback. Softcover reprint 1997 Bloomsbury Publishing, London. NOTICEABLE WEAR: handwriting indentation on front; cover corners and spine are creased. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. Good reading / research copy. 639 pages; Index; Notes; Selected Bibliography; black-and-white photos. Language: English. Cover photo by Alfred Stieglitz. Keywords: artist, biography, biographies, art, painting, painter, American artists, women artists, 20th century. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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10 Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland Clarke, Gerald
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 2nd printing HARDCOVER with dustjacket Random House 2000. Superclean; no marks. Light wear to jacket. 510pp, Index, Notes, Bibliography, B/W photos. Language: English. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Get to the Heart: My Story, Mandrell, Barbara; Vecsey, George
11 Get to the Heart: My Story Mandrell, Barbara; Vecsey, George
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 1990 5th printing Bantam. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Jacket has average wear: creased flap; small rips to back. 392 pages; black-and-white photos. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority--Surface or Airmail only. 'Country music star Mandrell, a performer since age 11, here tells of the family support that has accompanied her throughout her career and during the recent vicissitudes of her life. That support is significant in the comeback she describes in the aftermath of an automobile accident in 1984 which killed the driver of the other car and left Mandrell seriously hurt and depressed. With the assistance of Vecsey, coauthor with Loretta Lynn of Coal Miner's Daughter, she recounts her recovery, paying tribute to her parents, husband, other family members and to her Christian upbringing, interweaving her history as a performer from humble origins in a musical family. The narrative style complements the Nashville star's image as Miss Goody Two Shoes.'--Publishers Weekly. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Gracie: A Love Story, Burns, George
12 Gracie: A Love Story Burns, George
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1988 Putnam. Short gift inscription on 1st free endpaper. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Jacket has only light wear. 319pp, B/W photos. Language: English. 'The 92-year-old Burns here tells a true-love story of the life he shared with his wife, who died in 1964. The author (ne Nathan Birnbaum) was a Jewish kid from Brooklyn when he met Grace Allen, who was raised in an Irish-Catholic family in San Francisco. Both were struggling vaudevillians when they married in 1928, but as Burns and Allen, they gradually advanced into the big time. Describing their professional and personal life together, Burns fills the book with infectious humor, although one feels his loss. Clearly he wants readers to know Grace, an intelligent and endearing woman far different from Gracie, whose exquisitely timed illogic-logic quips made her world famous. The memoir's great appeal is further strengthened by accounts of early vaudeville and anecdotes about Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Fred Astaire, the Lunts and other friends.'--Publishers Weekly, 1988. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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13 Greta and Cecil Souhami, Diana
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket. REMAINDER MARK at bottom page edge; DAMPSTAIN to top corner throughout. Text very clean; binding tight; never read. 271pp, Index, References, Bibliography, B/W photos. Language: English. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Ian Mckellen [: A Biography], Gibson, Joy Leslie
14 Ian Mckellen [: A Biography] Gibson, Joy Leslie
0297810561 / 9780297810568 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover published 1990 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London. Light shelfwear to cover: rubbing to edges. Faint age-tanning to page edges. Book is unread: very clean; no marks; binding tight; spine uncreased. 192 pages; Index; Notes; black-and-white photos. Language: English. Biography of the great actor up to 1989, whose career 'confirms his stature as the natural heir to Olivier.' Keywords: theater, theatre, acting, performer, stage, Shakespeare. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Irving Berlin: A Daughter's Memoir, Barrett, Mary Ellin
15 Irving Berlin: A Daughter's Memoir Barrett, Mary Ellin
0671725335 / 9780671725334 Good. 
Hardcover. 3rd printing hardcover with dustjacket, published 1994 by Simon and Schuster. Average edgewear to jacket. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 320 pages; Index; black-and-white photos. Language: English. 'Irving Berlin's (1888-1989) oldest daughter here tells of growing up with the composer of some of America's most popular songs, including White Christmas, God Bless America and Easter Parade. Barrett details her parents' well-publicized romance and marriage, which scandalized her mother's family, and describes life in a household with a Catholic mother from one of the country's wealthiest families and a Jewish father who earned millions with his music though his parents were penniless Russian immigrants. It was a storybook childhood, with loving parents, governesses and innumerable servants; homes in Los Angeles, the Catskills and New York City; and daily contact with the rich and the famous. Yet there was a dark side: the death of the Berlins' infant son; dry spells when the composer could not write; and periods of depression for both him and his wife, culminating in his later years as a virtual recluse. Barrett's bittersweet memoir is affectionate yet candid.'--Publishers Weekly, 1994. Keywords: music, biographies, 20th century, songwiter. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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16 Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir Bloom, Claire; Phillips, Bill
Acceptable. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996. Remainder mark at bottom. NOTICEABLE WEAR--light soiling to pages; jacket. edges crumpled. 251pp, Index, B/W photos. Language: English. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Lena Horne: Entertainer (Notable Black Americans of Achievement), Palmer, Leslie
17 Lena Horne: Entertainer (Notable Black Americans of Achievement) Palmer, Leslie
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover Grolier Amway edition 1990. Glossy picture cover--no dustjacket. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only a hint of wear. 127pp; Index; Chronology; B/W photos. Introductory essay: Coretta Scott King. Language: English. Keywords: biography, singer, vocalist, popular, music, African American, woman, female, color barrier, race, racial, jazz, swing, performer, nightclub, Cotton Club, Hollywood, musical, Stormy Weather, Cabin in the Sky, The Man I Love, young adult, educational. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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Lenya: A Life, Spoto, Donald
18 Lenya: A Life Spoto, Donald
0316807257 / 9780316807258 Acceptable. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1989 Little, Brown. Noticeable wear: Long, effusive gift note written on 1st blank page; price clipped from jacket flap; spine tilted. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright. Good reading / research copy. 371 pages; Index; black-and-white photos. Language: English. 'A frightened, abused child and a teenage prostitute, Vienna-born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blaumauer (1898-1981), later known as Lotte Lenya, achieved worldwide fame as the wife of Kurt Weill and as the outstanding interpreter of his songs. In her many love affairs and 4 unfulfilled marriages--to a musical genius; a talented homosexual; and two alcoholics, one 27 years her junior who made no sexual demands on her--Lenya knew about violence and addiction, conflict and trauma. This well-researched life and times examines the personality and career of a feisty, energetic actress who an octave below laryngitis . . . sang sad songs with an incredible joyfulness and joyful songs with great sadness. ... This sympathetic book pays tribute to her allure, charm, wit, sadness and genius.'--Publishers Weekly, 1989. Keywords: biography, biographies, entertainment, music, 20th century, Germany, German, Threepenny Opera, Pirate Jenny, Mahagonny. [code J] 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Leonardo: Discovering the Life of Leonardo Da Vinci, Bramly, Serge; Reynolds, Sian (translator)
19 Leonardo: Discovering the Life of Leonardo Da Vinci Bramly, Serge; Reynolds, Sian (translator)
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1991 HarperCollins. Clean and unmarked; average wear. 493 pages; Index; Notes; Bibliography; Painting / Writings Lists; photos. Language: English. NOTE: Large size; cannot ship outside U.S. via Flat-Rate envelope. 'An impeccable dandy, charming, brilliant and strikingly handsome, da Vinci (1452-1519) emerges in this fresh, gripping portrait as a genius torn by inner conflicts. The polymath artist/engineer/scientist was an illegitimate child traumatized by separation from his loving mother, writes Bramly, biographer of Man Ray. Analyzing Leonardo's notebooks and annotated erotic drawings, as well as contemporary sources, the author depicts the Renaissance prodigy as a man who felt rejected by his father, ambivalent about his homosexuality and both curious about and disgusted by male-female sex. Though vehemently anticlerical, Leonardo believed in God--indeed, was almost jealous of the Creator, whom he called inventor of everything. Bramly has dusted off the primary sources to make da Vinci a startlingly prescient, relevant figure in this exceptional biography.'--Publishers Weekly. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Less Is More Please, Humphries, Barry
20 Less Is More Please Humphries, Barry
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1st printing 1996 Penguin Books. Light age-tanning to pages; light wear to covers. Clean and unmarked; binding tight. Small booklet with 53 pages. An extract from Humphries' 'More Please' of 1992. Language: English. 'Zesty, colourful and candid remembrances of an Australian boyhood.'--from back cover. Keywords: biography, autobiography, memoir, theater, theatre, comedy, Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson, Australia. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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