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The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed the Victorian Age by John Woolf - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643132204
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Published: Pegasus Books - November 5th, 2019

The freak flag flew high throughout the Victorian Age: the Queen herself was enthralled by General Tom Thumb. Meanwhile, the Siamese Twins, the Bearded Lady, giants, and other unusual personages were paraded by the likes of P.T. Barnum, and carnivals, sideshows, and midways thronged with spectators. Woolf strips away the bluster to reveal authentic people trapped in alarming bodies, who ought to be remembered not as freaks, but wonders. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374214968
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

If you are a fan of the Pope of Trash, as am I, this book will be candy to you. Waters follows up his successful hitchhiking volume, with this grab bag of essays and delights. He guides us through his filmography from Polyester to A Dirty Shame, he reflects uproariously on sex, on Brutalist architecture, paintings made by monkeys. At 70 he carefully plans one last LSD trip, tells us about his realistic baby doll, and imagines a John Waters style restaurant full of the worst waiters and worse food. He’d call it Gristle. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-Of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! by Mike McPadden - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781935950233
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Published: Bazillion Points LLC - April 16th, 2019

Where were you in 1982? After American Graffiti roared into theaters, the great American teen comedy flourished in drive-ins, video stores and late night cable TV. They provided an entire remote controlled generation with much needed instruction on anatomy, collegiate pranks and sometimes even real life. This is a laugh-a-page guide to the high and low points of this now bygone genre, from the immortal Fast Times at Ridgemont High to the gonzo likes of King Frat. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250214867
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Published: Picador - May 14th, 2019

Newly released in paperback, this is a most engaging history of perhaps America's premier songwriting duo of the 20th century, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Chock full of the details of both musical geniuses' creations from their very beginnings as well as the chronology of both of their personal stories, Purdum's work is both engaging and musically astute. These are the talented icons behind the classic shows my mother lived and breathed as I was growing up and I can still see the record jackets lying on the record player; Oklahoma!, South Pacific and of course, my favorite, The Sound of Music, to name but a few. The perfect read to heighten your appreciation of this duo's brilliance before checking out this summer's local production of Oklahoma! ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250208668
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

A wonderfully authentic memoir by one of the beloved Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye. We get to meet the real Tan France, from his childhood growing up in the north of England, his various jobs in the fashion business, to marrying his love-at-first-sight husband and moving to Utah, and, of course, getting the dream job which has made him one of the world’s sweethearts. This reads like an intimate chat with Tan himself, his voice shines through, and you can hear it in his words, I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Robin by Dave Itzkoff - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250214812
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Published: Picador - May 14th, 2019

Testimony to both Robin Williams' artistic brilliance and to this nation's utter inability to understand depression, Itzkoff's biography, Robin, characterizes the actor's intensive vitae as spirited by his creative depths, and by how Williams desired, always, to improve upon his art. Yet this desire manifested as a need to push beyond his self, which following his death left even his family and his closest friends, almost all of whom are comedic performers, as unwilling to accept his final act's role. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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