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11/19/2014 - 7:00 pm
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James Gavin presents and signs Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee

From the author of the “definitive” (Vanity Fair) biography of Lena Horne, Stormy Weather, comes a brilliantly written portrait of recording artist and musical legend Peggy Lee.  Miss Peggy Lee cast a spell when she sang. She purred so intimately in nightclubs that couples clasped hands and huddled closer. She hypnotized, even on television. Lee epitomized cool, but her trademark song, “Fever”—covered by Beyoncé and Madonna—is the essence of sizzling sexual heat. Her jazz sense dazzled Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. She was the voice of swing, the voice of blues, and she provided four of the voices for Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, whose score she co-wrote. But who was the woman behind the Mona Lisa smile?  With elegant writing and impeccable research, including interviews with hundreds who knew Lee, acclaimed music journalist James Gavin offers the most revealing look yet at an artist of infinite contradictions and layers. Lee was a North Dakota prairie girl who became a temptress of enduring mystique. She was a singer-songwriter before the term existed. Lee “had incredible confidence onstage,” observed the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop; yet inner turmoil wracked her. She spun a romantic nirvana in her songs, but couldn’t sustain one in reality. As she passed middle age, Lee dwelled increasingly in a bizarre dreamland. She died in 2002 at the age of eighty-one, but Lee’s fascination has only grown since.  This masterful account of Peggy Lee’s strange and enchanting life is a long overdue portrait of an artist who redefined popular singing.  (Atria Books)

ISBN: 9781451641684
Price: $32.00

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11/20/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Book Soup presents Brooke Shields discussing & signing her new memoir, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

At UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Macgowan Hall, 245 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, 90095

Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir.
Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only eleven months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.  As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. And when Brooke's own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri's side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end.
Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, complicated woman who was her mother. And now, in an honest, open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke will reveal stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter. (Dutton Adult)  Brooke Shields will be joined in conversation by Alex Cohen, co-host of KPCC's "Take Two" show, with a book signing to follow the talk.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $31.50 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of There Was a Little Girl.

We are now accepting paid reservations. You may purchase your tickets online at booksoup.com or by calling (310) 659-3110. Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from our main store location beginning the date of the book's release, Tuesday, November 18. Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call tables at the venue the evening of the event. Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue before the event begins, while supplies last.

ISBN: 11-99-52020-9
Price: $31.50

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11/21/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Carine McCandless presents and signs The Wild Truth

The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book, Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty-one languages, and Sean Penn's inspirational film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris's life and his journey has not yet been told - until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister. Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother's journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his. Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family. In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth. (Harper One)

ISBN: 9780062325143
Price: $27.99

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11/23/2014 - 3:00 pm
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J. Dylan Yates presents and signs The Belief in Angels

Growing up in her parents' crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules's imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. But somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother--a blow from which Jules may never fully recover.
Jules' story alternates with that of her Grandfather Samuel, a man with a sad story of his own. Samuel, once called Szaja, is an orthodox Jew who lived through the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920s and the Majdanek Death Camp--but whose survival came at a price that's haunted him for years.

ISBN: 978193831464
Price: $16.95

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11/24/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Beulah Sanchez presents and signs Really?!!?!: One Woman's Adventures of Dating in the Digital Age

Dating - You either love it or hate it. Blind dating can be heaven or hell. Internet dating is a world all its own. Explore that crazy, dangerous, hilarious world with one woman (let s call her Beulah!) on her two-year journey to find Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now. You won t believe the characters she met (often not recognizing them from their profile pic ), the situations she got herself into (she s lucky to be alive) and the joy she found knowing she can now look back and laugh and you will, too! And it’s all true. Most online dating books are how-to or self-help guides teaching you the ins and outs of navigating the system. Really?!!! shows the reader, first hand, the pitfalls and true-life adventures of looking for love in the digital era, one debacle at a time (well, some did overlap!). (Tallfellow Press)

ISBN: 9781931290951
Price: $15.95

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11/25/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Patty Farmer presents and signs Playboy on Stage: A History of the World's Sexiest Nightclubs

Anyone who hears the word Playboy probably thinks immediately of a scantily clad co-ed reclining across the staples of one of the most successful magazines of all time. But Playboy is more than a magazine or even a corporate empire; since its start in Hugh Hefner’s apartment in 1953, it has become one of the world’s best-known brands and an entire lifestyle unto itself.  When Hefner opened the first Playboy Club in downtown Chicago in 1960, he quite literally gave regular guys the key to participate in his own personal dream. The original Chicago club was quickly followed by venues in Miami, New Orleans, and New York, and eventually all over the United States and the world. And right from the start, world-class entertainment was as much a part of his groundbreaking formula for success as pretty girls or sirloin steaks.  Each club was designed as a veritable showbiz multiplex, including a variety of bars and dining rooms as well as several stages on which veterans and up-and-coming entertainers performed. Although Hefner was primarily a jazz fan, the range of acts presented in the club was, by any standards, amazingly diverse. There were all manner of singers, from traditional headliners like Tony Bennett and world-class superstars like Liza Minnelli, Diahann Carroll, and Ann-Margaret, to nascent pop and rock stars including Sonny & Cher and Ike and Tina Turner. Jazz artists and instrumental superstars abounded as well. And the comedians…was there anyone who didn’t play the Clubs?  At the height of their popularity in the mid 1960s and early 1970s, the Playboy Clubs were, collectively, the largest employers of talent in the United States. As such, they exerted a powerful influence on the culture and on politics, too. As the pioneering African-American humorist Dick Gregory recalls, Hefner and his staff were not only colorblind in their hiring of talent, but used the clubs, no less than the magazine, as a means of furthering an agenda of civil rights and gender equality.  While many books have been written about the Playboy Empire, the Bunny experience, and the ultimate Playboy himself, Hugh Hefner, until now, no book has covered Playboy’s impact on popular entertainment and the fabulous cadre of performers who took to the stages of the mythic Playboy Clubs.  Playboy on Stage tells this story from myriad points of view, in the words of dozens of musicians, singers, and comedians, as well as those involved behind the scenes. (Beaufort Books)

ISBN: 9780825307393
Price: $24.95

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11/30/2014 - 4:00 pm
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Buddha Monk and Mickey Hess joined by Prince Paul discuss and sign The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard

NEW DATE!

On the tenth anniversary of Ol' Dirty Bastard's death, his right-hand man and best friend, Buddha Monk, presents The Dirty Version--the first biography of the hip-hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, to be written by someone from his inner circle.  Ol' Dirty Bastard rocketed to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan, the raucous and renegade group that forever altered the hip-hop world. ODB was one of the Clan's wildest icons and most inventive performers, and when he died of an overdose in 2004, at the age of thirty-five, millions of fans mourned the loss. ODB lives on in epic proportions and his antics are legend: he once picked up his welfare check in a limousine; lifted a burning car off a four-year-old girl in Brooklyn; stole a fifty-dollar pair of sneakers on tour at the peak of his success. Many have questioned whether his stunts were carefully calculated or the result of paranoia and mental instability.

Now, Dirty's friend since childhood, Buddha Monk, a Wu-Tang collaborator onstage and in the studio, reveals the truth about the complex and talented performer. From Dirty's days with Buddha on the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang's star, from his bouts in prison to his court-mandated rehab, from his favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success, Buddha tells the real story--The Dirty Version--of the legendary rapper. (Dey Street Books)

IN CONVERSATION WITH REBECCA HAITHCOAT

ISBN: 9780062231413
Price: $25.95

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12/01/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Jordana Moore Saggese presents and signs Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art

Before his death at the age of twenty-seven, Jean-Michel Basquiat completed nearly 2,000 works. These unique compositions--collages of text and gestural painting across a variety of media--quickly made Basquiat one of the most important and widely known artists of the 1980s. Reading Basquiat provides a new approach to understanding the range and impact of this artist's practice, as well as its complex relationship to several key artistic and ideological debates of the late twentieth century, including the instability of identity, the role of appropriation, and the boundaries of expressionism. Jordana Moore Saggese argues that Basquiat, once known as "the black Picasso," probes not only the boundaries of blackness but also the boundaries of American art. Weaving together the artist's interests in painting, writing, and music, this groundbreaking book expands the parameters of aesthetic discourse to consider the parallels Basquiat found among these disciplines in his exploration of the production of meaning. Most important, Reading Basquiat traces the ways in which Basquiat constructed large parts of his identity--as a black man, as a musician, as a painter, and as a writer--via the manipulation of texts in his own library. (University of California Press)

ISBN: 9780520276246
Price: $34.95

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12/02/2014 - 7:00 pm
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David Ritz presents and signs Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz. Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via Respect and a rapid fire string of hits. She has evolved ever since, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions. Again and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continue to build. Her hold on the crown is tenacious, and in Respect, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture. (Little Brown and Company)

ISBN: 9780316196833
Price: $30.00

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12/03/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Philip Gefter presents and signs Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

Sam Wagstaff, the legendary curator, collector, and patron of the arts, emerges as a cultural visionary in this groundbreaking biography. Even today remembered primarily as the mentor and lover of Robert Mapplethorpe, the once infamous photographer, Wagstaff, in fact, had an incalculable and largely overlooked influence on the world of contemporary art and photography, and on the evolution of gay identity in the latter part of the twentieth century. Positioning Wagstaff's personal life against the rise of photography as a major art form and the simultaneous formation of the gay rights movement, Philip Gefter's absorbing biography provides a searing portrait of New York just before and during the age of AIDS. The result is a definitive and memorable portrait of a man and an era. (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

ISBN: 9780871404374
Price: $35.00

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